Viking Cold Solutions is a thermal energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient, flexible, and resilient. Expanding rapidly through the US and internationally, Viking Cold provides environmentally friendly thermal energy storage that is proven to significantly reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. With deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems, Viking Cold Solutions understands the business and operational challenges faced throughout the global cold chain, and is committed to delivering clear and measurable benefits for both the planet and clients’ businesses.
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 the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia and has proposals to install on three more continents in 2020.
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.
Viking Cold has saved clients tens of thousands of MWh, reduced carbon footprint by tens of thousands of metric tons, and mitigated over $16M of product loss. Efficient installation processes ensure that systems are installed with no significant impact on ongoing operations, and industry-leading technology delivers outstanding cost savings and environmental benefits, with a swift return on investment.
James joined the company in 2014 as President and was appointed CEO in 2015. He brings execution and leadership skills honed from 25 years in operating companies, investment banking, and the military. His success in building businesses spans the energy and investment banking industries and his leadership stems from 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, and the London School of Economics.
Mike provides strategic business 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 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.
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
Former President and COO The Kroger Co.
Family of Stores (NYSE: KR)
President and CEO, Viking Cold Solutions.
President Liberty Venture Group LLC
Founder and Co-CEO,
Avista Capital Partners
CEO, Bonar Engineering & Design
Viking Cold Solutions is looking for energetic talent to join our team and be part of our success.
Viking Cold Solutions, Inc. and Dreisbach Enterprises were selected to be first presenters in a brand new webinar series hosted by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and brought to you by Tippman Innovation. Collin Coker of Viking Cold and Jason Dreisbach of Dreisbach Enterprises share how Thermal Energy Storage has helped Dreisbach's California facility re-balance the scale between temperature stability and energy charges for low-temperature cold storage facilities. They talk through data-backed information on how thermal energy storage serves as a much-needed heat sink to balance energy and protect customers' products. Jason further describes why his company chose to embrace this thermal energy solution, describes their experience with installation, and how the technology transformed their operation. View the webinar playback here.
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European publication Frozen Foods Europe featured an article discussing how Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology will help cold storage providers meet the EU's energy goals. Our TES systems help meet these standards by reducing energy consumption, improving refrigeration efficiencies, and providing energy storage capacity in situations when alternative generation sources like solar and wind are being implemented. Frozen Food Europe is dedicated to management level professionals in the frozen food industry: retailers, food service and catering, importers, exporters, producers, equipment manufacturers, providers of cold storage solutions, and processing plants and factories.