RICHMOND, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 2, 2016) - Leading the charge to bring dynamic energy storage to both utilities and facilities with large refrigeration needs, Axiom Exergy has raised $2.5 million from notable investors including the Element 8 Fund, Victory Capital, the MIT Angels, angel investors on the Propel(x) platform, the Sierra Angels, JB Straubel (co-founder and CTO of Tesla Motors), and other undisclosed investors. Axiom Exergy's growing pipeline includes over $5 million in orders. The funding, which comes on the heels of Axiom Exergy's win at VERGE Accelerate Hawaii (video), will assist Axiom Exergy in scaling their thermal energy storage solution in the grocery store and cold storage facility markets. By utilizing Axiom Exergy's Refrigeration Battery, facilities and businesses like supermarkets and food distribution centers can reduce their peak energy demand by up to 40 percent and protect perishable inventory from spoiling during power outages with dedicated backup cooling.
"The Axiom Exergy team has deftly reimagined what it means to supply energy storage by developing a robust, cost-effective solution specifically for markets where saving energy costs has a big impact on the bottom line," said Lars Johansson, co-manager of the Element 8 Fund. "We're proud to be funding this talented and dedicated team, whose vision is bringing intelligent energy storage solutions to an underserved market."
The Refrigeration Battery can shift six hours of a building's refrigeration-based electricity loads, providing the host and utility with a unique, long-duration, behind-the-meter asset. The technology works by using the existing refrigeration system's excess capacity to "store cooling" at night by freezing a tank of salt water. During afternoon peak hours, the Refrigeration Battery uses the frozen tanks to supply refrigeration services to the building, eliminating the need to run energy-intensive compressors and condensers. A non-invasive, modular, retrofit, the Refrigeration Battery operates in parallel with existing refrigeration systems to shift daytime energy loads to less expensive off-peak hours. A simple addition to facility operations, installation of the Refrigeration Battery does not require physical or programming modifications of existing equipment.
"Central refrigeration accounts for 9.1 percent of electricity consumption in US commercial buildings," says Amrit Robbins, President and Co-Founder of Axiom Exergy. "Energy storage for addressing peak demand needs, load shifting and backup power is critical for this multi-billion-dollar slice of the energy pie. We're very excited to find so many blue-chip supermarket chains and electrical utilities that share our vision of transforming refrigeration systems into flexible, intelligent energy assets."
Unlike other behind-the-meter energy storage providers, Axiom Exergy has developed an energy storage solution that is tailored to the unique needs of grocery stores and cold storage facilities. One dollar saved on a supermarket's operating expenses is equivalent to $48 of additional revenue. With supermarket energy usage three times higher per square foot compared to other retail stores, these facilities can boost their profit margins by shifting electricity demand to inexpensive, overnight hours, and benefit from backup cooling to protect against catastrophic food spoilage events during power outages.
"Energy storage is a key technology that is enabling the ongoing deployment of renewables on the grid," said JB Straubel, an angel investor and CTO of Tesla Motors. "Axiom Exergy has developed a compelling solution that provides unique distributed energy benefits and delivers immediate value to supermarkets and cold storage facilities."
Electrical utilities seeking to manage congestion on their grid can also benefit from the Axiom Exergy technology. With aggregated fleets of Refrigeration Battery solutions deployed at hundreds of sites throughout a service area, grid operators gain a cost effective, long-duration, behind-the-meter energy storage resource with more than six hours of load shifting capacity. As the average supermarket demands 400-600 kW of power during peak hours, Axiom helps utilities manage some of their most energy-intensive customers.
Recently raised funds will assist in Axiom's growth, positioning it to deploy the first wave of Refrigeration Battery systems in supermarkets and cold storage facilities throughout the U.S. Additionally, funds will be utilized to expand the project development team, advance product development and testing, and fund early pilots with major grocery chains in California.
ABOUT AXIOM EXERGY
Axiom Exergy is an energy storage company focused on making the world's energy systems smarter and more efficient. With deep expertise in supermarket energy management, thermal energy systems engineering, hardware development, and product commercialization, Axiom Exergy provides its customers with turnkey power management solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk. Axiom Exergy also helps utilities manage some of their largest customer loads and balance the grid with more than six hours of load shifting capacity across a portfolio. Axiom Exergy offers no-money-down financing so that supermarkets and commercial buildings with high refrigeration-based energy loads can save more than they pay from day one. www.axiomexergy.com
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