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The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to Host The 10th International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage

Event Set for Wednesday, May 31, 2006 at the Alton Auditorium on the Galloway Twp. Campus


For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Contact:   Tim Kelly

                  Stockton Public Relations

                  (609) 652-4950


GALLOWAY TWP., NJ – Two hundred experts from thirty-one countries are converging at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in Galloway Twp. for the 10th Triennial International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage, May 31 through June 2, 2006.


Richard Stockton College, an award-winning Liberal Arts and Sciences College, is located in an environmentally and culturally unique area. Stockton is a leader in the application of new and alternative technologies to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuel energy sources, which made the College the top choice to host this event. Stockton’s exceptionally large 400-borehole BTES (closed-loop) geothermal heat pump system has heated and cooled the academic buildings since 1994. A 200 kW fuel cell (2002) and 20 kW of solar photovoltaics (1995) are also fully operational. Another innovation is in the design stages.  An Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage System will cool five buildings, using cold water generated during the winter with a cooling tower and stored in an aquifer, and may be under construction as early as this summer. Three buildings are in design or under construction with anticipation of Silver, Gold and possibly Platinum certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design as awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.


This triennial conference encourages awareness of and solutions for energy conservation through thermal energy storage. Speakers will address seasonal, diurnal, and short-term storage technologies.  Topics presented include: geothermal heat pump systems and other underground thermal energy storage systems for heating and cooling commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, diurnal ice storage, additional diurnal thermal storage systems; phase change materials for building and non-building applications, and thermochemical storage will be discussed.


The first international conference on this topic was held in Seattle (USA) –27 years ago.  Since then , these meetings have been held in Stockholm (Sweden) ,Toronto (Canada), Versailles (France), Scheveningen (Netherlands), Helsinki (Finland), Sapporo (Japan) Stuttgart (Germany), Warsaw (Poland) and now Pomona (USA).


The implementation of thermal energy storage has substantially progressed over a 27-year period.  International cooperation plays a significant role in this advancement, and the ECOSTOCK conference shares much of the credit.  Exciting new technologies and applications will be presented to inspire engineers and architects to design and implement innovations of even higher levels of energy efficiency.


The US Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Program and Richard Stockton College significantly financed this conference.  Other organizations which have supported this event are: The International Energy Agency Implementing Agreement on Energy Conservation through Energy Storage, the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, The Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, local chapters of the US Green Building Council, and The Netherlands Government. 


The conference is open to the public.  There is a registration fee. Additional information can be obtained at: .


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