Release: Viking Cold Installs Another Thermal Energy Storage System in California at Dreisbach Enterprises’ Warehouse

April 30, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Installation in Bay Area industrial warehouse to manage high energy costs caused by peak energy pricing and reduce electricity demand by over 55 percent.

RICHMOND, Calif. & Houston–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Viking Cold Solutions, the leading Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provider for the low-temperature cold storage industry, today announced it is partnering with a leading cold chain logistics provider in Northern California, Dreisbach Enterprises, to ensure temperature stability and manage energy usage at its Richmond warehouse. By installing a Viking Cold TES system, Dreisbach is again demonstrating their customer focus by adding more product temperature stability measures while reducing the electricity demand of the facility by over 55 percent – from 850 kilowatts to 400 kilowatts for 11 hours each day – and reducing its total electricity consumption by as much as 35 percent.

Low-temperature cold storage facilities require the highest energy demand per cubic foot of any industrial electricity load. In some markets, peak demand charges comprise up to 70 percent of a facility’s electricity bill, encouraging customers to shut off equipment during peak periods. This ‘fly-wheeling’ tactic can cause micro-thawing and micro-freezing, which degrades cell structure and reduces the quality and shelf life of foods. TES serves as a much-needed heat sink to manage heat infiltration, protect product, increase refrigeration efficiencies and reduce peak demand costs.

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Release: Viking Cold Installs Another Thermal Energy Storage System in California at Dreisbach Enterprises’ Warehouse

April 30, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Installation in Bay Area industrial warehouse to manage high energy costs caused by peak energy pricing and reduce electricity demand by over 55 percent.

RICHMOND, Calif. & Houston–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Viking Cold Solutions, the leading Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provider for the low-temperature cold storage industry, today announced it is partnering with a leading cold chain logistics provider in Northern California, Dreisbach Enterprises, to ensure temperature stability and manage energy usage at its Richmond warehouse. By installing a Viking Cold TES system, Dreisbach is again demonstrating their customer focus by adding more product temperature stability measures while reducing the electricity demand of the facility by over 55 percent – from 850 kilowatts to 400 kilowatts for 11 hours each day – and reducing its total electricity consumption by as much as 35 percent.

Low-temperature cold storage facilities require the highest energy demand per cubic foot of any industrial electricity load. In some markets, peak demand charges comprise up to 70 percent of a facility’s electricity bill, encouraging customers to shut off equipment during peak periods. This ‘fly-wheeling’ tactic can cause micro-thawing and micro-freezing, which degrades cell structure and reduces the quality and shelf life of foods. TES serves as a much-needed heat sink to manage heat infiltration, protect product, increase refrigeration efficiencies and reduce peak demand costs.

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T&D World Features Viking Cold’s AZ Installation with Utility SRP

April 30, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Leading utility-focused publication T&D World published an article about Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems being installed in a low-temperature warehouse owned by Bashas Family of Stores’ near Phoenix, AZ. This installation is a project in conjunction with Salt River Project (SRP), the local utility provider, to demonstrate how Viking Cold’s TES technology lowers demand in the C&I space during peak periods.

T&D World’s mission is to provide utility executives, managers, engineers, supervisors, operators and linemen with must-read information on the design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the electric power-delivery system.

GCCA: Cold Chain Innovations Webinar Series

April 26, 2018 All News, Blog Articles, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, Supermarket, Utility & Grid, Webinars & Podcasts

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.

“Cold Chain Innovations” from GCCA’s Cold Facts Magazine Features Viking Cold

March 31, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket

Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology was installed in a facility with GCCA co-member Dreisbach Enterprises. The addition of this efficiency and demand shift technology into Dreisbach’s freezers was featured in the publication’s first ever “Cold Chain Innovations” section. Dreisbach experienced an immediate reduction in refrigeration equipment run time, significant load reduction during peak pricing periods, and stable temperatures throughout the entire freezer.

Cold Facts is the bimonthly publication of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), the leading global cold storage organization.

Viking Cold TES Installation with Arizona Utility Incentives

January 18, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage technology was being installed in a low-temp warehouse owned by Bashas’ Family of Stores, an Arizona-based, family-owned and operated grocery chain.  The project was incentivized by the local utility, Salt River Project.

Local news crews captured the positive feedback from the client and the utility. Click the images to watch the videos.

Viking Cold Solutions partners with Salt River Project and Bashas’ Family of Stores to deliver environmentally friendly thermal energy storage system

June 13, 2017 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Food Processing, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Houston, Texas – June 13, 2017 – Viking Cold Solutions today announced a collaboration between Salt River Project (SRP) and Bashas’ Family of Stores to install and evaluate the performance of Viking Cold Solutions’ environmentally friendly Thermal Energy Storage (TES) System at the Bashas’ distribution center in the Phoenix metro area. This low-impact, sustainable system is expected to offer significant energy savings, energy demand management, and heightened protection for frozen food products.

The TES system also reduces energy distribution and delivery challenges for SRP by shifting energy demand to night hours. The passive TES system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, enabling less refrigeration runtime and reduction of load during peak afternoon hours.

“We are very pleased to support this project with Bashas’ and Viking Cold Solutions and to evaluate a technology that shows potential as an energy management tool for us and our customers,” noted Nathan Morey, Manager of SRP Product Development. “SRP is excited to learn more about thermal storage technologies, which can provide energy savings for customers with industrial freezers like Bashas’ and provide long-term benefits to all customers by reducing peak demand during summer months.”

This project includes the installation of the Viking Cold Solutions Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system and 24/7 energy monitoring within the Bashas’ ice-cream freezer at their distribution center. “We continuously evaluate energy efficiency opportunities, as refrigeration is one of our highest operating expenses. We support technologies that provide greater temperature stability, helping us to continually provide low product prices to our customers. SRP is an innovative power utility, and we are excited about this partnership and glad we were able to come together to fund this project,” said Mike Basha, Vice President of Logistics at Bashas’.

SRP will also fund the third-party research analysis for the project, evaluating the TES system’s Phase Change Material (PCM) for its efficiency improvements and effectiveness at shifting energy load from on-peak to off-peak hours. SRP collaborated with Arizona State University’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, along with Nexant’s Utility Services Group, to measure the results of the project and extrapolate the potential impact of this technology on additional low temperature refrigeration loads in the Phoenix area. “Our students are excited to learn more about the potential energy savings and demand reduction impact of this innovative technology, as well as how it can be deployed in more facilities to support reductions in the Phoenix area’s peak load,” commented Kristen Parrish, ASU Assistant Professor.

“Cost effectively managing growing power grid demand and providing reliable and reasonable power prices to customers requires innovative solutions and collaboration from all parties – utilities, academia, industrial customers and technology providers. We anticipate that this project will provide a roadmap for deploying high-impact demand reduction solutions to refrigeration loads that were not previously accessible. As part of our commitment to cold-chain sustainability and reducing environmental impact, we are honored to be the enabling technology,” James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions stated.

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company that makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient by using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls. The company’s passive Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems store energy, reduce demand, shift load, monitor customer facilities, and provide thermal back-up protection. The company’s patented TES systems have saved over 8,100 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

Frozen Gourmet installs a Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage system reducing energy costs by over 27%

April 20, 2017 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

An innovative thermal energy storage system provides significant cost savings, enhanced product monitoring, and protection for low temperature cold storage operators.

Frozen Gourmet, a dedicated Nestlé facility and a leading ice cream distribution company on the West Coast, has installed a Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system from Viking Cold Solutions™ and has reduced energy consumption over 27%.

Viking Cold’s patented Thermal Energy Storage system was installed at the end of 2016 and has reduced energy consumption by over 45,000 kWh since the beginning of 2017. The TES system also reduced peak demand charges by shifting electrical load to night time. The passive TES system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, allowing refrigeration to run less frequently and during off-peak rate hours. The result is significant cost and electricity savings, especially in California where expensive daytime demand charges are common.

“We searched for a year to find the right technology to reduce our energy costs and decided to purchase the Viking Cold TES system after seeing the capability and flexibility the system provides,” said Bill Kohn, CEO of Frozen Gourmet. “The reduction in energy consumption has improved our bottom line and the real-time monitoring has been invaluable in helping us recognize and address equipment issues before expensive problems arise.”

The Frozen Gourmet team has not only been able to reduce energy consumption but also maintain more stable temperatures inside their freezer with the integrated Viking Cold Energy Management System that monitors and optimizes the existing refrigeration equipment. Daily reports and alarm notifications alert the team in the event of temperature abnormalities, mechanical equipment failure, or power outages.

“Reducing energy consumption by 27% in a low temperature space is now possible with our passive Thermal Energy Storage system,” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “This technology is revolutionizing energy efficiency in the freezer space while helping to better protect the food with intelligent controls and sensors. There’s simply no other option available that combines efficiency and load management.”

In California, there is a $200 Million market opportunity for Viking Cold’s TES technology, which includes 570 million square feet of cold storage and approximately 8,210 grocery stores.

To learn more, watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video about how the TES works.

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company which makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls. The passive Thermal Energy Storage (TES) solution stores energy, reduces demand, shifts load, monitors the facility, and provides thermal back-up protection. The company’s patented TES systems have saved over 8,100 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

Contact:
Collin Coker
VP Sales & Marketing
Viking Cold Solutions
+1-832-497-5205
ccoker@vikingcold.com

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