Food Engineering names Viking Cold among most innovative cold storage technologies

February 18, 2020 All News, News Articles

Viking Cold has been included by Food Engineering in an article looking at leading innovators in the field of food refrigeration.

The Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system at the core of Viking Cold’s offering was incorporated within the industry title’s selection of new and exciting methods for temperature-controlled management of refrigerated and frozen foods.

Alongside mentions for Messer and Tippmann Innovation, the piece highlighted the growth in demand for TES as increasing numbers of processors and cold storage providers understand the energy-efficiency and cost-saving benefits that TES can bring.

Collin Coker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, underlined the untapped potential for high energy users to “wring out more value with thermal energy storage”, using the system’s intelligence controls to reduce consumption at peak periods or when pricing levels are at a premium.

The benefits of TES listed by Food Engineering included that fact that it is environmentally friendly while providing a highly efficient, stable and resilient environment for protecting food products.

Coker went on to explain the versatility and low maintenance demands of the system, with the ability to install cells on top of racking in a diverse range of food environments, from smaller processors and walk-in freezers up to larger distribution centers.

At a Dreyer’s Ice Cream facility for Nestlé with a two-pallet position racking system and a lower roof, for example, cells could be incorporated into the design of the ceiling.

“They (the cells) sit up there. They do their thing. They act as a very sophisticated heat sink. There’s no mechanical interface or requirements,” Coker said.

Food Engineering is a monthly magazine and associated website that cover manufacturing technologies in the areas of processing, packaging, food safety, plant operations, material handling and automation.

Contact us for more information on how Thermal Energy Storage can bring greater control and cost-savings to your food processing environment.

SupplyChainDive.com – Discovering hidden profits to fund talent acquisition

December 9, 2019 All News, Blog Articles, Cold Storage, News Articles

The logistics industry is facing a record shortage of labor to fill warehouse and trucking roles. Are there ways to fund talent acquisition and still maintain profits?  Can other hidden savings in operations be unearthed to help find and retain this talent?  Read a recent Supply Chain Dive article explaining how TES technology is helping some logistics providers find new funding sources inside their operations.

Power Magazine Interviews James Bell After Cleanie Award Win

November 21, 2019 Blog Articles, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Utility & Grid

Power Magazine‘s Darrell Proctor interviewed CEO James Bell after Viking Cold was awarded the Cleanie Platinum Project of the Year Award. James discusses the award-winning project with Massachusetts utility Eversource as well as other benefits beyond storing energy for time-of-use avoidance. He covers how long-duration Thermal Energy Storage also provides reduced mechanical run-time and wear and tear, sustainability improvements, and resiliency for food during extreme weather events or other power outages.

Viking Cold wins in the Innovative Technology category at EI Awards 2019

November 8, 2019 All News, Awards, Energy Storage, News Articles, Utility & Grid

Viking Cold is delighted to have been recognised as a winner at the 2019 EI Awards, which showcase excellence across the energy sector.

The Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system won in the Innovative Technology category at the prestigious event, which is organised by the Energy Institute.

Viking Cold was presented with the award at a gala dinner held at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel in London’s Mayfair on November 7, hosted by Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, co-founder of Stemettes.

The award acknowledged how TES is helping companies across the world introduce efficiencies and reduce costs in energy-intensive cold chain environments.

Winners are decided by an independent panel of senior energy experts, led by chairman of the judges Stephen Burgin FEI, director of Offshore Wind Growth Partnership.

The panel said of Viking Cold: “Incentivized by energy utilities across the U.S and in use around the world, the company delivers cost-effective and flexible thermal energy management solutions which preserve food, save energy and help reduce environmental impact.”

For two decades, the EI Awards have celebrated “the most outstanding people, products and initiatives from across the global energy sector”. In particular, it recognises those making the industry safer, cleaner and more sustainable, and champions new initiatives that can impact positively on society.

To learn more about what Viking Cold’s award-winning Thermal Energy Storage technology can do for your business, please get in touch.

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.

Viking Cold Named Platinum Winner of Cleanie Award’s Project of the Year

September 24, 2019 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Utility & Grid

Viking Cold is honored to be the Platinum Winner of The Cleanie Awards Project of the Year for our storage and demand management project with Massachusetts utility Eversource. The awards program recognizes innovation excellence, business leadership, and superior programs within the cleantech and renewable energy sectors. The project involved the installation and commissioning of TES systems to store refrigeration energy and facilitate 1.3 MW of energy demand reduction across eight customer facilities, without requiring 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. The end-user customers of the program included Sysco (the world’s largest foodservice distributor), Americold (the world’s largest third-party cold storage company), Greater Boston Food Bank, and multiple frozen food processing companies.

 

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.

UtilityDive.com – Long-duration energy storage: The future of grid stability

August 19, 2019 All News, Energy Storage, News Articles, Utility & Grid

longduration energystorageOur growing need for more power, shifting patterns of demand, and the rapid expansion of variable renewable generation is presenting challenges to the grid. Energy storage is certainly part of the solution, but is the market or regulation driving the development of storage? How is long duration storage being advanced to better address these needs?  Are there long duration energy storage solutions today that are economical to broadly deploy? Get some answers in this Utility Dive article that discusses the drivers and economics of long duration energy storage.

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