Viking Cold & Eversource Project Selected as Finalist for 2019 ESNA Innovation Award

August 2, 2019 Blog Articles, Energy Storage, News Articles, Utility & Grid

Energy Storage North America Conference & ExpoViking Cold Solutions is pleased to have been named a finalist for the 2019 Energy Storage North America Innovation Awards! The ESNA Innovation Awards recognize excellence and impact in energy storage project development.

Viking Cold has been recognized for its deployment of eight Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems as part of a utility-backed demand management program in Massachusetts. These behind-the-meter TES systems store and facilitate the management of approximately 1.3 MW of energy onsite. This project is noteworthy because Viking Cold’s solution leverages the facilities’ existing refrigeration systems to store cold energy and discharge it over long periods of time (up to 13 hours) when it is most beneficial for the grid and the facility operator, thus lowering energy costs, increasing resiliency, and helping the environment.

The Greater Boston Food Bank, the program’s first installation, has already seen a 75% reduction in energy consumption and a 76% reduction in demand during its four-hour peak demand period.

“As the largest hunger relief organization in New England, our goal is to provide healthy meals to those in need across Eastern Massachusetts,” said The Greater Boston Food Bank SVP of Supply Chain and Food Acquisition, Cheryl Schondek. “We strive for cost-saving operational efficiencies, and our partnership with Eversource and the installation of the Viking Cold TES system better enables us to achieve this goal. We appreciate their commitment to our mission to end hunger here.”

You can read more about the TES project online here.

Please help Viking Cold win this year’s ESNA Innovation Award – you can vote with the form online here. Deadline is September 12, 2019.

GCCA Cold Facts – A Savvy Proposal for Energy Efficiency

July 29, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, Cold Storage Construction, News Articles

Cold Facts Magazine Energy Storage ArticleCold Facts, the official publication of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), published an article covering new technologies in cold storage construction that add efficiency to cold storage building projects. The article describes a presentation at the 38th Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) Conference delivered by Viking Cold Solutions, Cold Box Builders, and Evapco. Representatives from all three companies discuss new efficiency technologies and trends for the cold storage industry, particularly in ammonia refrigerated facilities.

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.

Grocery Business – Q&A with Viking Cold’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker

May 20, 2019 All News, Cold Storage, News Articles, Supermarket

Grpcery busines QAGrocery Business recently published an interview with Viking Cold’s VP of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker as part of their 2019 Equipment & Design Annual Report. The Annual Report is a comprehensive guide to help retailers create efficient, productive, tech-enabled stores. Coker outlines how Thermal Energy Storage adds efficiency to refrigeration, how our system’s thermal mass is different from the thermal mass of the food, and other benefits beyond saving energy.

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