Innovative Thermal Energy Storage™
Viking Cold Solutions is the leading thermal energy storage provider enabling flexibility and savings for the energy-intensive frozen/low-temperature cold storage industry. Their Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 14,900 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 10,500 metric tons, and mitigated over $17M of product loss. Their team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems. Viking Cold provides environmentally friendly thermal energy storage that reduces operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and internationally.
The origin of Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) in freezers came from the need for improved energy efficiency and food protection in the low-temperature cold chain. Starting with frozen shipping containers, our founder Paul Robbins developed a method of combining Phase Change Materials (PCM), intelligent controls, and monitoring software which could integrate with existing refrigeration systems across the cold chain.
With the proven solution and patent in hand, in 2011 Paul started Viking Cold Solutions, Inc. in Jacksonville Florida. He quickly recognized the opportunity beyond shipping containers and applied the technology to cold storage warehouses in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and Bermuda, where electricity rates were high and the temperatures very demanding.
During 2012 Viking Cold entered the domestic US market and by early 2013 had found new partners and financing to drive this expansion. The company relocated to Houston, Texas, to be positioned more centrally in the supply chain and to more easily access customers.
Over the next several years Viking Cold completed a third-party (California Public Utilities Commission) validation study that confirmed the technology’s benefits, gained acceptance from numerous utilities across the country, and successfully installed TES systems in California, Texas, Florida, and Massachusetts. Today, the company’s technology is being installed in cold storage warehouses, supermarkets, restaurants, and food processing facilities throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Australia and has proposals to install on three more continents in 2019.
Viking Cold’s innovative TES technology is transforming the energy efficiency of the Cold Chain while protecting the world’s food supply and reducing the carbon footprint of refrigeration.
James joined Viking Cold Solutions in 2014 as President and was appointed CEO in 2015. He brings leadership skills and expertise honed from 25 years in operating companies, investment banking, and the U.S. military. His success in building businesses spans the energy and finance industries and his leadership and capabilities were developed during his career as a Marine Officer. Mr. Bell received his BA from Texas A&M University and earned a jointly-issued TRIUM MBA from NYU Stern, HEC School of Management in Paris, and the London School of Economics.
Mike provides strategic financial leadership and direction to the Company. Mike is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Florida and Georgia and was in private practice for five years. He served 10 years as First Coast Service Options. (FCSO) Vice President Financial Operations and Chief Financial Officer. FCSO is a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, Inc. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Pre-Medicine from Rollins College and an MBA from Tulane University.
Since 2013 Mr. Coker has led the efforts to market adoption and installations of Viking Cold’s TES systems throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Australia. He regularly collaborates with energy and refrigeration experts from third-party engineering firms, utilities, government agencies, and cold storage operators for validation studies, pilots, and customer installations. He has also been responsible for the acceptance of Viking Cold’s TES technology into numerous utility programs across the country.
Prior to joining Viking Cold, Collin had three decades of sales and leadership experience and more than 20 years in wholesale and retail energy. He held executive and leadership roles with StarTex Power/Constellation, Gexa Energy, Direct Energy, and Reliant Energy. He attended Texas State University and earned sales and leadership certifications from universities including the Wharton School of Business, Villanova University, Rice University, and Motorola University.
He is considered a subject matter expert in thermal energy storage and frequently presents at engineering, grocery, cold storage, utility, and energy storage conferences around the world.
The Viking Cold Solutions™ board is comprised of prominent industry executives. The board collectively has over one hundred years of relevant industry leadership and actively promotes our company’s market advantage.
Founder and Chairman, Viking Cold Solutions™. President Caribbean Shipping
President and CEO, Viking Cold Solutions™. President Liberty Venture Group LLC
CEO, Bonar Engineering & Design
Former President and COO The Kroger Co. Family of Stores (NYSE: KR)
Founder and Co-CEO Avista Capital Partners