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Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES)

Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) systems make use of an underground water-bearing layer to store heat or cold. Groundwater is pumped in the winter period from one or more warm wells, with the stored heat in the groundwater used for space heating purposes in the building by linking to Heat Pumps (HP). The cooled groundwater from the HP refrigeration process is returned in the aquifer by way of injecting into cold wells. In the summer period the process is reversed. Cold groundwater is pumped from the cold wells and used directly for cooling in the building. After which the warmed up groundwater is injected again into the warm wells.

There are several hundred ATES projects in operation across Europe. Applications of aquifer storage are particularly found in the built environment, such as office buildings, hospitals, malls and residential areas. However, there are also dozens of projects implemented in the industrial sector and the agricultural sector, including plastics processing companies, printing houses, plant nurseries and green houses. Most ATES projects realized have a storage capacity in the range between 750 kW and 2,000 kW.

ATES allows a strong reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels for heating and cooling. An ATES system for cold and low temperature heat for an office building saves 70 to 80% on the consumption of electricity for cold production and 20 to 40% on the consumption of gas or oil for heat generation.

Example Projects

RiverlightRiverlight

Large scale residential development.

2.9MW Cooling & Heating ATES system

Royal Liverpool University HospitalRoyal Liverpool University Hospital

Hospital regeneration

800kW heating & cooling ATES system

Wandsworth Riverside QuarterWandsworth Riverside Quarter

New large scale residential development

2.5MW Cooling & Heating ATES system

National Maritime MuseumNational Maritime Museum

New South West Wing for the Museum

400kW Cooling & Heating ATES system

Trafford Town HallTrafford Town Hall

Redevelopment of Trafford's historic town hall.

600kW Cooling & Heating ATES system

Grosvenor HillGrosvenor Hill

New office building

400kW Cooling & Heating ATES system

Riverlight

Large scale residential development.

2.9MW Cooling & Heating ATES system

Riverlight is an exciting new residential development by St James. The project is located directly on the Thames riverfront in the heart of the new Nine Elms development area. The scheme consists of 5 blocks all served from a central plant area.

The ATES system was installed in 2014 with the last building completed in Summer 2017.

- 2.9MW Cooling & Heating ATES system
- Peak groundwater flow rate: 50m3/hr per well
- 8 wells

Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Hospital regeneration

800kW heating & cooling ATES system

The new state of the art, £335million pound Royal Liverpool University Hospital forms part of Liverpool’s ever changing skyline standing 200ft feet tall with 13 floors.

IFTech have installed a 3 well groundwater system in the sandstone aquifer complete with Heat Pump SKID in the plant room to deliver heating and cooling to the new Hospital buildings.

System installation and commissioning completed in sumemr 2017.

IFTech Heat Pump SKID
IFTech Heat Pump SKID

Wandsworth Riverside Quarter

New large scale residential development

2.5MW Cooling & Heating ATES system

Wandsworth Riverside is an impressive residential project in South-West London, overlooking the river Thames. ATES will be used for the cooling and heating of three mixed use buildings including 121 luxury apartments, associated affordable apartments and commercial space.

Operational since 2013 with the final phase of the development completed in 2018.

- 2.5MW Cooling & Heating ATES system
- Peak groundwater flow rate: 50m3/hr per well
- 8 wells

Wandsworth Riverside Quarter
Wandsworth Riverside Quarter

National Maritime Museum

New South West Wing for the Museum

400kW Cooling & Heating ATES system

The ATES system consists of 2 wells with a peak groundwater yield of 45m3/h linked to the IFTech Heat Pump SKID in the plant room.

The ATES system provides all of the cooling to the new South West Wing, an exciting extension to the world heritage site.

ATES system operational since summer 2011.

There is also another well on site used for private abstraction purposes. This well supplies water to the building for grey water use. The project fully utilises the aquifer resource.

The National Maritime MuseumDrilling one of the water wellsThe new South West Wing
The National Maritime MuseumDrilling one of the water wellsThe new South West Wing

Trafford Town Hall

Redevelopment of Trafford's historic town hall.

600kW Cooling & Heating ATES system

Trafford Town Hall, which was built in 1931, has being redeveloped to open up the facility for increased community use and to develop a modern, efficient building.

- 600kW Cooling & Heating ATES system
- Peak groundwater flow rate: 60m3/hr per well
- 2 wells

Operational since February 2013.

Trafford Town Hall
Trafford Town Hall

Grosvenor Hill

New office building

400kW Cooling & Heating ATES system

This four-storey office building is a 20,000 sq ft redevelopment project located in central London within the Mayfair Conservation Area. ATES is just one in a number of environmental initiatives incorporated within the building, leading to the development being awarded a BREEAM rating of Excellent.

- 400kW Cooling & Heating ATES system
- Peak groundwater flow rate: 45m3/hr per well
- 2 wells

Operational since April 2012.

Grosvenor HillGrovesnor Hill Skid Design
Grosvenor HillGrovesnor Hill Skid Design
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