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.

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 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

HOUSTON (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

The 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.

Arizona State University: SUB-ZERO SUSTAINABILITY – Energy-Saving Solution for Frozen Food Storage Could Mean Big Cost Savings

October 1, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, News Articles, Utility & Grid

Arizona State University has published an article describing a research experiment of Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage system in a large ice cream storage warehouse in Arizona.  The experiment is a partnership between the utility provider Salt River Project, grocery retailer Basha’s Family of Stores, Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and Viking Cold Solutions.

Release: Study Confirms 43% Decrease in Energy Consumption in an Ammonia-Refrigerated Warehouse with Viking Cold’s TES Technology

August 22, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Study Confirms 43% Decrease in Energy Consumption in an Ammonia-Refrigerated Warehouse with Viking Cold Solutions’ Thermal Energy Storage Technology – Significant Benefits for Cold Storage and Grid Operators

Richmond, CA and Houston, TX (Business Wire) — Viking Cold Solutions, the leading Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provider for the low-temperature cold storage industry, announced that its measurement and verification (M&V) study on Viking Cold’s TES technology at Dreisbach Enterprises’ 93,000 square foot frozen food distribution center in Richmond, CA  shows significant operational and financial benefits for utilities and the cold storage industry. The study demonstrated the ability of TES to mitigate the facility’s 13-hour peak period by simultaneously:

  • reducing peak period energy consumption by up to 43 percent
  • reducing peak demand within this peak period by up to 29 percent
  • maintaining 50 percent more stable temperatures

Refrigeration is the third highest electricity consuming utility category, and the cold storage industry is a prime target for load distribution management solutions. Cold storage operators, the grocery industry, and utilities challenged with managing peak loads on the electrical grid can all benefit from the refrigeration efficiency and load shift capabilities of TES.

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Frozen Foods Europe Exclusive: Protecting Food Supply in Extreme Weather

August 6, 2018 All News, Cold Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

As weather conditions become more extreme around the globe (heat waves, hurricanes, wildfires, flooding) and more frequently affect the power supply, how are cold storage operators adding protection for their food product and resiliency to their operations? Frozen Foods Europe has published an article outlining the role of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) in protecting frozen food from extreme weather incidents and how TES can add resiliency and reduce energy costs every day in-between.

Weathering the Storm: Frozen Food Protection from Power Failures (Progressive Grocer Guest Blog)

June 18, 2018 All News, Cold Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Storms, equipment failures, or other power disruptions in cold storage facilities without resiliency measures in place can be disastrous for the frozen food and the facility operators paid to protect it. Collin Coker, our VP of Sales & Marketing, describes how Thermal Energy Storage (TES) can help reduce risks for cold storage operators, reduce strain on the electrical grid, and provide energy efficiency for industrial freezers.

How Grocers Can Lead the Charge to Reduce Food Waste & Save On Energy (Progressive Grocer Guest Blog)

May 30, 2018 All News, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Did you know that one-third of all food produced is lost or wasted before it’s consumed? Leading grocery publication Progressive Grocer has published a guest blog by Viking Cold’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker that demonstrates how grocers and cold storage operators can limit the amount of food wasted around the globe…all while saving on energy costs.

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