New Warehouse Podcast: Digitization & Sustainability in Refrigerated Warehouses

February 8, 2021 Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, Supermarket, Webinars & Podcasts

Kevin Lawton, the host of The New Warehouse Podcast, interviewed Viking Cold Solutions’ President & CEO James Bell to discuss the current and future state of digitization and sustainability inside refrigerated warehouses. They discuss how digitization and thermal energy storage work in cold storage to maximize the efficiency, resiliency, and sustainability of the cold chain.

The conversation also covers some of the additional levels of complexity of refrigerated spaces and how the impacts of the pandemic have driven the adoption of technologies such as WMS, automation, robotics, and thermal energy storage inside refrigerated warehouses. James and Kevin also discuss the market conditions driving more construction of cold storage facilities and how digitization and new technology is being included in the design and building of new warehouses.

Additionally, Kevin and James cover the electrical grid impacts of refrigerated spaces, and how with thermal energy storage and warehouse digitization operators can reduce costs and create new revenue streams.

Listen to the full conversation on the podcast here: EP 150: Digitization and Sustainability in Refrigerated Warehouses with Viking Cold Solutions

 

FoodDive.com – New tools transform frozen food energy costs into revenue streams

October 23, 2019 Blog Articles, Cold Storage, Cold Storage Construction, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket

Energy is one of the most expensive ingredients in frozen foods. What changes in the electricity market are changing to favor the industry and why? What technologies can enable new energy strategies to take advantage of these changes to avoid costs and actually generate revenue streams? Find out these answers and more in FoodDive’s article that discusses why utilities are incentivizing energy efficiency and energy storage technologies for the frozen food industry.

ASHRAE Journal – Achieving Resiliency in The Cold Chain: Strategies To Maintain Food Safety

September 23, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, News Articles, Supermarket

Ashrae journalASHRAE Journal, the official publication of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, has published an article outlining the resiliency benefits of thermal energy storage (TES) in commercial and industrial refrigeration applications. Temperature controlled food storage facilities have a number of risks that come from the increasing number of extreme weather-related power outages or from refrigeration system breakdowns. The ASHRAE article also describes additional benefits such as energy efficiency, improved temperature stability, and increased energy management options for facilities with TES.

Podcast: Risk Reduction to the Cold Chain – MarketScale Energy

September 9, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, Food Processing, Supermarket, Webinars & Podcasts

On the MarketScale Energy podcast, President & CEO James Bell explores risk reduction in the cold chain. Dealing with frozen food has a lot of inherent risks: which include the enormous and continuous energy required to safely store frozen food, the variable and continually increasing energy prices, potential loss of power due to increasingly more common natural disasters, refrigeration system mechanical failures, and ultimately liability for lost or damaged product. Thermal Energy Storage (TES) can address each of these issues to add resiliency and efficiency, as well as reduce risks in the storage of frozen food applications.

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FoodDive.com – Using frozen food as a battery to lower energy costs?

June 24, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket

Frozen Food is NOT a batteryThose in the cold storage biz know that more thermal mass inside a freezer allows that freezer to float, or flywheel, longer without active refrigeration. But is food the right thermal mass to use to cut energy costs?  Can flywheeling periods be even longer?  Can more energy be saved?  Can it be done without using food as the thermal battery?  Read the full article published on FoodDive.com to learn how thermal energy storage improves the economic benefits of flywheeling without requiring additional energy or risking the quality of the food we put on our tables every day.

Viking Cold Named Food Logistics Top Green Provider for 3rd Year in a Row

June 18, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket

Food Logistics Top Green Providers 2019Viking Cold is proud to have been selected as one of Food Logistics’ annual Top Green Providers for the third year in a row.  We love that we are again being recognized for improving sustainability, adding resiliency, and better protecting food throughout the global cold chain. This year’s list showcases companies that have found new ways to promote sustainability throughout their operations and for their customers. Winners consists of 3PLs, technology companies, transportation providers, cold storage providers and many more that have upped their game to become leaders in the sustainable global food supply chain.

Food Logistics – Should Frozen Food Be a Battery?

May 23, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket

Food as a battery for flywheeling Food Logistics Magazine

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.

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