Release: Viking Cold Solutions Installs 1.3 MW of Thermal Energy Storage in Industrial Cold Storage Facilities as Part of a Massachusetts Utility Demand Management Program

June 10, 2019 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Press Releases, Utility & Grid

ENERGY-SAVING THERMAL STORAGE SYSTEMS SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYED IN WAREHOUSES OWNED BY LOGISTICS COMPANIES, FOODSERVICE DISTRIBUTORS, FOOD PROCESSORS, AND NON-PROFITS

HOUSTON and BOSTON (GLOBE NEWS WIRE) – Viking Cold Solutions, the leading thermal energy storage provider for low-temperature cold storage industries, has completed the installation of eight Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems as part of a utility-backed demand management program in Massachusetts. These eight behind-the-meter TES systems store and facilitate management of approximately 1.3 megawatts (MW) of energy onsite, and do not require any additional real estate for the system components. The average size of the cold storage facilities in the program is approximately 50,000 square feet, with the largest being 157,000 square feet.

TES system quote Collin CokerInstallation time averaged 127 days from agreement to commissioning and removal of demand from the grid. The Greater Boston Food Bank was the first TES installation of the demand management program, which also includes industrial facilities owned by the world’s largest third-party cold storage company, the world’s largest foodservice distributor, and numerous frozen food processing companies.

Energy is the second highest direct operating cost for cold storage operators, who must run their refrigeration systems nearly 24 hours per day. Additionally, these facilities have the highest energy demand per cubic foot of any industrial category on the grid. Viking Cold’s TES systems not only store enough energy to cycle off refrigeration for up to 13 hours per day to avoid time-of-use and demand charges, they also improve the existing refrigeration systems’ efficiency and reduce consumption by more than 25 percent.

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PLMA recognized Viking Cold as a 2019 Technology Pioneer

April 18, 2019 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, News Articles, Utility & Grid

16th Anual PLMA tech pioneer logoPeak Load Management Alliance has announced its eight recipients of the 16th annual PLMA awards. Viking Cold has been named a Technology Pioneer being recognized as an industry leader who created innovative ideas, methods, programs, and technologies to meet peak load needs and support successful grid integration of distributed energy resources during calendar year 2018.  Click here to learn more about PLMA awards.

GreenTech Media recognizes the successes and enormous opportunities for thermal energy storage

April 3, 2019 All News, Energy Storage, News Articles, Utility & Grid

Green Tech Media thermal energy storageGreenTech Media’s Julian Spector has written an article covering the huge potential of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and the few companies that have developed TES technologies. A number of successful projects are highlighted that demonstrate the opportunity for TES to benefit cold storage and utility and power providers right now and into the future.  Viking Cold’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker, contributes thoughts about the market adoption of TES and the continued growth of Viking Cold Solutions.

Distributed Energy Magazine – Thermal Energy Storage, A Cooler Energy Storage Technology

March 27, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, News Articles, Utility & Grid

Thermal Energy Storage Distributed EnergyEnergy publication Distributed Energy has published an article authored by our CEO, James Bell, describing how Thermal Energy Storage provides backup resiliency to cold storage warehouses, adds efficiency to commercial and industrial refrigeration applications, and provides the grid a storage technology that can now manage the high energy demand of the cold storage industry.

Microgrid Knowledge highlights growing Thermal Energy Storage applications

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

Microgrid KnowledgeThis 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.

Release: Greater Boston Food Bank, Eversource, and Viking Cold Solutions Collaborate to Cut Energy Consumption at Yawkey Distribution Center

March 4, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, News Articles, Press Releases, Utility & Grid

Installation of thermal energy storage system allows the Food Bank to provide 10,500 more meals every year

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Greater Boston Food Bank is starting the year off with a 75 percent reduction in energy use during targeted peak hours and substantial cost savings thanks to a partnership with Eversource and the installation of a new Viking Cold Solutions thermal energy storage (TES) system. The TES system for the Food Bank’s refrigeration units was installed at its 117,000 square-foot, high-efficiency Yawkey Distribution Center in South Boston.

Thermal Energy Storage quote“Thermal energy storage systems serve as a storage medium for a building’s refrigeration system and is a cost-effective solution to store and dispatch the large amount of energy required by refrigeration equipment in cold storage facilities,” said Eversource Vice President of Energy Efficiency Tilak Subrahmanian. “We recently launched a program designed to install new technologies, like thermal energy storage, to lower energy use and demand during peak energy usage hours. Our partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank will help them better manage their energy and deliver a cutting-edge solution that will benefit the organization overall and support its critical mission.”

The new TES system, developed by Viking Cold Solutions, has reduced electrical consumption at the Greater Boston Food Bank’s energy-intensive, cold storage facility while improving temperature stability inside their freezer. Cold storage facilities, such as frozen food warehouses and grocery store walk-in freezers, have the highest energy demand per cubic foot of any category. During peak energy use periods, they can account for up to 70 percent of the total electric bill for commercial and industrial organizations.

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Release: Viking Cold Solutions and Constellation to Offer Efficiency Made Easy Program to Commercial & Industrial Refrigeration Customers

February 5, 2019 All News, Energy Storage, News Articles, Press Releases, Utility & Grid

Efficiency Made Easy quoteHOUSTON (Business Wire) – Viking Cold Solutions, the leading Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provider, will work with Constellation, an Exelon (NYSE:EXC) company and a leading competitive energy provider, to offer its commercial and industrial refrigeration customers access to Constellation’s unique Efficiency Made Easy® (EME) program. The EME program helps businesses implement optimal energy conservation measures, such as Viking Cold’s TES systems, with no upfront capital expenditure. The cost for the upgrades is included in the monthly charges that appear on their Constellation power and gas supply bills.

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C&I Case Study: 43% Reduced Consumption for 13 Hours on UtilityDive.com

December 13, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage Construction, Energy Storage, News Articles, Utility & Grid

Case Study: 43% Reduced ConsumptionThe commercial and industrial application of our thermal energy storage (TES) technology has shown tremendous results in an ammonia-refrigerated frozen food warehouse in California. By storing energy in the form of cold and delivering discharge times up to 13 hours per day TES provides utilities a behind-the-meter distributed energy resource (DER) to help manage the inflexible and difficult demand profile of the cold storage industry. Utility Dive has posted an article outlining the temperature, peak demand, and consumption benefits of TES in cold storage facilities outlined in our case study.

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