California has some of the most expensive energy costs, higher frequency of power supply disruptions (de-energization via Public Safety Power Shutoff – PSPS), and can be a challenging environment to operate a food production, storage, or distribution business.
To balance demand, reduce consumption and emissions, and to improve resiliency California utilities are implementing more complex time-of-use rate plans to reduce peak period demand or when renewable energy wanes. These time-of-use changes make managing when you purchase electricity increasingly important. In addition, PSPS events have increased in frequency
as has the demand and cost of backup generation, elevating the contribution Thermal Energy Storage (TES) can have on building resiliency and business continuity.
The good news for food producers and cold storage operators in California is that California’s Public Utilities Commission’s California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) is currently funding Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems. The TES system’s intelligence platform optimizes energy use and temperatures in refrigerated environments across the cold chain by making real-time decisions and leveraging the unique thermodynamic properties of TES (See how it works in the video above).
SGIP funding is limited and available on a first-come-first-serve basis. As approved SGIP Project Developers, Viking Cold will manage the entire process to obtain the funds as part of a successful implementation plan. Capture available funding now and start receiving the following benefits.
1. Cut energy costs: Reduce overall kWh consumption & safely shift refrigeration load to avoid up to 13 hours of peak pricing.
2. Extend temperature resiliency 3X during power outages or equipment failure.
3. Better protect food quality and shelf life.
4. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reach sustainability goals faster.
5. TES does not require any additional real estate, maintenance, or grid interconnectivity.
6. Increase leverage to negotiate better fixed rates and/or reduce risks of lower-cost variable rate plans at renewal time.
7. Fund TES with approved SGIP funds while they last.
Visit our TES for Cold Storage Warehouses page to learn more about the energy, temperature, resiliency, and sustainability benefits of our cutting-edge thermal energy storage systems.
Food Processing Magazine has published an eHandbook outlining new technologies that food processors can use to improve food safety and food quality in their operations. A number of new food processing technologies and their benefits are described including the food quality and energy-saving benefits of thermal energy storage.
The May 2019 edition of Food Logistics includes an article outlining the risks of using frozen food as a battery for flywheeling. The article also discusses using Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage systems as an alternative temperature capacitor to achieve even better flywheeling results, reduce the risks of flywheeling, and provide additional benefits. Utility-sponsored programs that can subsidize or entirely cover the system and installation costs are also discussed.
ProFood World, a leading food and beverage manufacturing publication, recognized Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage technology as one of the technologies empowering food producers to lower energy costs and to help reach corporate responsibility and sustainability goals.