Microgrid Knowledge highlights growing Thermal Energy Storage applications

March 25, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, News Articles, Solar + Storage, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

This article on MicrogridKnowledge.com highlights the growing application of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) in refrigeration applications to lower the energy demand and the energy consumption of commercial and industrial refrigerated facilities. A number of Viking Cold projects are referenced including a California Energy Commission program inside a Whole Foods store with the goal of a Net Zero grocery store, pairing TES with onsite solar generation, and a demand management program with Massachusettes’ largest utility – Eversource.

Green Lights for Thermal Energy Storage: Feature Article in Frozen Foods Europe

May 28, 2018 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Solar + Storage, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

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.

Energy CIO Insights Features Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage

May 28, 2018 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Solar + Storage, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Online and print publication Energy CIO Insights features Viking Cold’s technology and the energy flexibility it provides through an interview with our

CEO, James Bell.

James describes how our Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology protects food, saves energy in the global cold chain, and benefits utilities.

Alternative Energy Now Has Alternative Storage on UtilityDive.com

April 20, 2018 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Solar + Storage, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage technology was recently featured on UtilityDive.com. The article discusses how Viking Cold’s thermal energy storage (TES) technology provides an alternative storage technology for alternative energy sources.

Utility Dive provides professionals with a bird’s-eye-view of the utility industry through industry news, original analysis, and published in-depth feature articles.

James Bell Interview Prior to Speaking at Energy Storage Summit in London

February 16, 2018 All News, Energy Storage, News Articles, Solar + Storage, Utility & Grid

The 2018 Energy Storage Summit is being held February 27-28 in London, England. The Energy Storage Summit is attended by developers, financiers, utilities, networks and aggregators discussing standalone storage, co-located and C&I applications, top case studies from around the world with innovative business models and positioning of utilities, as well as completed EFR projects, co-location and utilities’ strategies.

James Bell, Viking Cold CEO, will be speaking at the Technology Comparison Session at the summit to ensure everyone knows that the cold storage market, formerly inaccessible because of its continuous, high electricity demand, now has an environmentally friendly and economical energy storage solution with thermal energy storage (TES).

James was interviewed prior to the show to share more about Viking Cold Solutions and the value the TES technology brings to operators and the utility providers.  Click here to read the full interview.

Viking Cold Solutions’ Thermal Energy Storage system demonstrates over 30% energy savings in a 3rd party study and is recommended for adoption by utilities in California

November 14, 2016 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, Press Releases, Solar + Storage, Utility & Grid

An innovative thermal energy storage system using phase change material and intelligent controls provides significant cost savings, enhanced product monitoring, and protection for cold storage operators and supermarkets.

Houston, Texas – November 14, 2016 – Viking Cold Solutions, a leader in thermal energy storage systems, today announced that a Southern California Utility, along with an independent 3rd party energy management firm, ASWB Engineering, completed a Field Demonstration Study of the Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system. The study verified a reduction in electricity consumption of 30% and 39% in two separate low temperature cold storage facilities in the San Diego area. Based on the results of this study, the Utility and ASWB recommended that California utilities adopt the technology into their Energy Efficiency incentive programs.

The purpose of the independent study was to determine the effectiveness of Viking Cold’s patented TES system in cold storage freezer applications and to qualify the system for California utility inventive programs as part of the California Energy Commission Emerging Technologies initiative.

“The benefits of the technology include reduced refrigeration equipment run time and increased product safety during power emergencies due to the thermal storage capabilities of the solution.” said John Baffa, Professional Engineer at ASWB Engineering.

“It is exciting to see our technology recognized by a leading utility energy efficiency program and I’m pleased that the study validates the results that Viking Cold customers already experience daily.” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “Our passive, non-mechanical system is a cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption across the cold chain, from walk-in freezers to large distribution warehouses, which can be used stand-alone, or to boost the return with solar PV.”

Two locations currently using Viking Cold’s TES system were studied by ASWB. The first test site, a walk-in freezer on Camp Pendleton in Southern California, showed a net facility energy savings of 30%.  The second test site is a commercial freezer warehouse at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. By leveraging the Food Bank’s existing photovoltaic system to run the refrigeration during the day and using Viking Cold’s TES system at night, the facility showed a net energy savings of 39%.

“Electricity costs are one of the top two expenses in the cold storage industry and this study demonstrates the value of using an intelligent Thermal Energy Storage system to reduce energy consumption in freezers.” said Corey Rosenbusch, President and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA). “Based on these results, our membership should evaluate this technology for their own low temperature applications.”

The complete Phase Change Material and Controls Field Demonstration Study, written by ASWB Engineering, can be downloaded on the California Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council’s website at:
http://www.etcc-ca.com/reports/phase-change-material-and-controls-study-low-temp-refrigeration-applications 

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company, which makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls.  The 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 7,000 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:
Maddie Mansson
Director of Marketing
Viking Cold Solutions
+1-346-804-4363
mmansson@vikingcold.com

Australian cold storage facilities and supermarkets can reduce electricity peak demand up to 90 percent using Thermal Energy Storage

August 23, 2016 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Press Releases, Solar + Storage, Utility & Grid

U.S. innovator partners with Australian businesses to launch technology to harness solar energy to cut costs and carbon emissions of cold storage facilities and supermarkets.

Viking Cold Solutions™, a leading provider of Thermal Energy Management solutions for cold storage facilities and supermarkets, has today announced the launch of Solar Energy Storage™ at the Refrigerated Warehouse and Transportation Association Conference in Queensland, Australia.

The system combines Viking Cold’s patented Thermal Energy Storage System with rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) to deliver green, cost-effective, around-the-clock energy management for cold storage facilities, supermarkets, and utilities. The system can reduce electricity peak demand by up to 90 percent, save customers money, and helps balance the electricity grid.

The technology enables cold-storage facilities and supermarkets to intelligently store and selectively deploy PV generated power within refrigerators to reduce energy costs.  Originally developed by NASA, the patented Thermal Energy Storage Cells are now used to absorb infiltrated heat so that food remains at its target temperature. This environmentally friendly solution solves some of the largest challenges of solar energy by extending the useful time for solar power and by reducing renewable variability.

Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution comes at a key time for Australia.  33% of electricity in South Australia is generated from renewable sources and it has set an aggressive target of 50% renewable generation by 2025.  “Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution can help Australia meet its renewable energy targets while helping to balance the grid by reducing peak demand.” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “As renewable penetration grows, it will ultimately overwhelm the ability of conventional resources to compensate for renewable variability.”

Renewable generation combined with Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage™ provides multiple advantages for both businesses and grid operators:

  • Increase the value of PV – Store solar energy during the day and use it for refrigeration at night
  • Cost-effectiveness and system longevity – Renewable generation and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage are low-cost and are designed to last for at least 20 years with minimal maintenance
  • Lower peak demand charges – Peak load shedding or shifting on command avoids peak rate times
  • Reduce operational risk – Thermal backup allows customers to maintain safe temperatures and preserve food quality during equipment failure or power outages, reducing food loss and business interruption
  • Buffer for Utilities – Utilities benefit from Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution by providing a “buffer” of on-demand, efficient, and environmentally friendly thermal energy storage at customer sites
  • Economic development – Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage boosts the local economy by using local engineering and labor

To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works.

Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Its Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 6000 MWh of energy and have removed over 4000 metric tons of Carbon from the air and mitigated over $13M of product loss. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.

Viking Cold Solutions provides energy storage solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly across the globe. Learn more at vikingcold.com

Viking Cold Solutions ™ delivers green, cost-effective energy saving technology to help provide 100,000 meals to hungry San Diegans

June 1, 2016 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Press Releases, Solar + Storage, Utility & Grid

Solar Thermal Energy Storage provides significant cost savings and carbon emission reduction

HOUSTON, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Viking Cold Solutions has completed another energy efficiency installation, helping the San Diego Food Bank-the largest hunger relief organization in San Diego County-reduce costs and feed over 100,000 meals to hungry San Diegans.

Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank has installed Viking Cold’s patented Solar Thermal Energy Storage System that leverages rooftop photovoltaic during the day and thermal energy storage at night. When PV generation is unavailable, the system reduces electricity consumption by 95 percent, delivering green, cost-effective, around-the-clock energy management. The system is among 24 built and installed by Viking Cold Solutions in cold storage warehouses and grocery stores in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, California, New Mexico and Texas.

“To combat hunger in our county, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank will distribute more than 22 million pounds of food this year.” said Casey Castillo, VP of Finance and Administration.  “This solution fits in perfectly with our energy efficiency initiative – where we have already completed numerous cost-effective measures.  Our hope is that installing Solar Thermal Energy Storage will not only allow us to add thermal backup protection, leverage our solar system, and increase temperature stability, but most importantly, the savings will allow us to provide an additional one hundred thousand meals to hungry San Diegans over the life of the system.”

“Our installation of thermal energy storage at San Diego Food Bank perfectly portrays our company focus on efficiency and sustainability” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “When our thermal energy storage technology is paired with solar generation, the result is an efficient, on-demand, green energy solution. The Viking Cold Solar Energy Storage solution extends the benefits of PV long after the sun goes down; effectively removing the freezer from the electrical grid.”

The Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage solution couldn’t come at a better time for California utilities. Legislation signed by Governor Brown will require half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030. Utilities can benefit from Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage solution by providing storage and demand reduction at customer sites, helping stabilize the electricity grid as renewable penetration grows.

To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works. See more details on the San Diego Food Bank Case here.

Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy storage company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Its Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 5900 MWh of energy and have removed over 4000 metric tons of Carbon from the air. Its team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.

Viking Cold provides turnkey energy-management solutions that reduce 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. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

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