The ICAX Skid controls Interseasonal Heat Transfer™
An ICAX Skid is a platform with packaged plant which is delivered as a pre-assembled and tested unit incorporating the control mechanisms for Interseasonal Heat Transfer.
It includes a heat pump, valves and hydraulic equipment regulated by an ICAX Black Box electronic controller together with connections for feeder pipes to and from the Asphalt Solar Collector, ThermalBanks and the heat delivery system to be used within your building.
ICAX Skid controls temperatures in Merton's Acacia Intergenerational Centre
The ICAX Skid can use heat recovery to balance heating and cooling demands within a building, and stores any "waste heat" (from IT rooms or air conditioning equipment) in ThermalBanks for space heating in winter.
The ICAX Skid is key to an integrated heating and cooling system that saves emissions by storing "waste heat" in summer for use in winter, and stores "coolth" from winter for use in summer to provide Natural Cooling without incurring the annual cost of air conditioning, or the capital cost of installing air conditioning equipment.
Renewable Energy On Site
Modular Assembly Off Site
The ICAX Skid is manufactured and assembled off site. This allows efficient assembly and rigorous quality control. This approach saves time and allows ICAX to supply fast track build projects such as the Greenfield Superstore for Tesco. The Skid includes the controls and hydraulics required to manage and optimise the energy from the solar array, whether for DHW pre-heat or storage for space heating. It includes meters which allow the RHI to be claimed on the GSHP and DHW elements, and remote linkage for performance monitoring and system optimisation.
Integrated Controls Philosophy - Energy Management System - EMS
The ICAX Skid incorporates the ICAX controls philosophy. The proprietary controls are an integral part of the ICAX Skid. This means that the Skid manages the energy flows to and from the ThermalBank, the solar collector and the building using its own Energy Management System ("EMS") instead of expecting detailed instructions from the Building Management System ("BMS"). The ICAX control philosophy has been refined and tested in real projects and relieves the building's BMS from managing these functions. The ICAX Skid therefore responds to calls for heating or cooling from the BMS.
This approach avoids the risk of misunderstandings between the BMS controls regime and the capabilities of the IHT system. This is a key asset for quality control, particularly on fast track projects.