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August 23, 2019

Cast Your Vote: Viking Cold & Eversource Project Selected as Finalist for 2019 ESNA Innovation Award

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Viking Cold Solutions is pleased to have been named a finalist for the 2019 Energy Storage North America Innovation Awards! The ESNA Innovation Awards recognize excellence and impact in energy storage project development.

Viking Cold has been recognized for its deployment of eight Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems as part of a utility-backed demand management program in Massachusetts. These behind-the-meter TES systems store and facilitate the management of approximately 1.3 MW of energy onsite. This project is noteworthy because Viking Cold’s solution leverages the facilities’ existing refrigeration systems to store cold energy and discharge it over long periods of time (up to 13 hours) when it is most beneficial for the grid and the facility operator, thus lowering energy costs, increasing resiliency, and helping the environment.

The Greater Boston Food Bank, the program’s first installation, has already seen a 75% reduction in energy consumption and a 76% reduction in demand during its four-hour peak demand period.

“As the largest hunger relief organization in New England, our goal is to provide healthy meals to those in need across Eastern Massachusetts,” said The Greater Boston Food Bank SVP of Supply Chain and Food Acquisition, Cheryl Schondek. “We strive for cost-saving operational efficiencies, and our partnership with Eversource and the installation of the Viking Cold TES system better enables us to achieve this goal. We appreciate their commitment to our mission to end hunger here.”

You can read more about the TES project online here.

Please help Viking Cold win this year’s ESNA Innovation Award – you can vote with the form online here. Deadline is September 12, 2019.

June 18, 2019

Improved Sustainability & More Resiliency for the Power Grid and the Global Food Supply

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In order to improve the health of our planet, businesses must act to reduce their energy usage and carbon emissions. Luckily, the foodservice, cold storage, and energy industries have an incredible solution that adds sustainability and resiliency while better protecting the food: Thermal Energy Storage. Many facilities in these industries run refrigeration equipment nearly non-stop, which accounts for over $40 billion in energy costs per year.

Energy Efficient, Flexible, Resilient, and Sustainable

Viking Cold is a thermal energy management company that makes cold storage facilities more energy efficient, flexible and sustainable with our thermal energy storage (TES) technology.

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August 31, 2018

Case Study: Warehouse Drops Consumption 43% and Peak Demand 29% for 13 Hours

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Viking Cold Solutions, Inc. conducted a Measurement and Verification (M&V) study of its thermal energy storage (TES) technology installed in Dreisbach Enterprises’ 93,000 square foot low-temperature cold storage warehouse in Richmond, CA. The objectives of the M&V study were to determine the effectiveness of TES on energy efficiency and temperature stability with an ammonia-based refrigeration system.

The utility rate plan for this facility includes increased pricing for kWh consumption and peak kW demand during a 13-hour peak period (8:30 am to 9:30 pm) Monday through Friday that accounts for nearly 50% of the annual energy costs at the Dreisbach facility.

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April 26, 2018

GCCA: Cold Chain Innovations Webinar Series

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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.

March 12, 2018

Frozen Food Quality in the Cold Chain

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Cold storage operators are tasked with keeping frozen food at the appropriate temperatures as it travels from farm to fork. Different foods and even different elements within the food require different temperatures to remain frozen. The key to maintaining food quality and shelf life is temperature stability, and Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provides more stable temperatures on the way food’s final destination.

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November 27, 2017

On the Margin: Thermal Energy Storage Reduces Grocery Freezer Energy Expenses

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Energy demands in U.S. supermarkets are massive, with refrigeration and lighting accounting for over 50% of total energy use. Each year, the average American supermarket consumes roughly 50 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, and 50 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot. This translates into average annual energy costs of $200,000, and the emission of 1,900 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere–the equivalent of 360 vehicles.

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