Sam Spencer of Smart Grid Today interviews Viking Cold Solutions’ CEO James Bell to discuss our Thermal Energy Storage technology and how this long-duration storage medium can improve grid resiliency by storing and discharging for up to 13 hours, adding efficiency to commercial and industrial refrigeration systems, and providing thermal resiliency for our customers in temperature-controlled environments during mechanical breakdowns or power outages due to natural disasters or grid outages.
Food Processing Magazine has published an eHandbook outlining new technologies that food processors can use to improve food safety and food quality in their operations. A number of new food processing technologies and their benefits are described including the food quality and energy-saving benefits of thermal energy storage.
Our 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.
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.”
Cold 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.
Progressive Grocer has published an article outlining the not-to-distant future of sustainable grocery store refrigeration. Numerous technologies from companies like Viking Cold, Emerson, Honeywell, and CoolSys are referenced as the key to what is rapidly becoming the new normal in grocery stores: improved refrigeration sustainability.
Those 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 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.
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.
Installation 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.