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.

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.

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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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Release: Mexican Cold Storage Operator Reduces Energy Consumption 20% Using Thermal Energy Storage

October 2, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, News Articles, Press Releases

Viking Cold’s first installation at Red de Frios in Monterrey, Mexico is also the first energy management system of its kind in the Mexican cold storage industry.

MONTERREY, MEXICO and HOUSTON, TX (Business Wire)Viking Cold Solutions, the leading Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provider for the low-temperature cold storage industry, announced its partnership with Red de Frios to manage energy usage in one of its 2,500 square foot frozen food warehouses at Almacén Ruíz Cortines in Monterrey, Mexico. Viking Cold’s patented TES system reduces overall electricity consumption and shifts energy usage to less expensive periods of the day. This project is the first of its kind in Mexico, the second largest economy in Latin America, and marks the first installation of Viking Cold Solutions’ technology in Latin America outside of the Caribbean.

Viking Cold’s system was configured to operate specifically for Red de Frios’ utility rate structure and facility requirements. During the months of July, August, and September, some of the warmest months of the year, Red de Frios has seen a 20% reduction in energy consumption due to the TES system’s added efficiency. Additionally, during daily periods of high energy costs when refrigeration equipment is cycled off, Red de Frios has seen a slower increase in temperatures and greater temperature stability.

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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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Release: Viking Cold Installs Another Thermal Energy Storage System in California at Dreisbach Enterprises’ Warehouse

April 30, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Installation in Bay Area industrial warehouse to manage high energy costs caused by peak energy pricing and reduce electricity demand by over 55 percent.

RICHMOND, Calif. & Houston–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Viking Cold Solutions, the leading Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provider for the low-temperature cold storage industry, today announced it is partnering with a leading cold chain logistics provider in Northern California, Dreisbach Enterprises, to ensure temperature stability and manage energy usage at its Richmond warehouse. By installing a Viking Cold TES system, Dreisbach is again demonstrating their customer focus by adding more product temperature stability measures while reducing the electricity demand of the facility by over 55 percent – from 850 kilowatts to 400 kilowatts for 11 hours each day – and reducing its total electricity consumption by as much as 35 percent.

Low-temperature cold storage facilities require the highest energy demand per cubic foot of any industrial electricity load. In some markets, peak demand charges comprise up to 70 percent of a facility’s electricity bill, encouraging customers to shut off equipment during peak periods. This ‘fly-wheeling’ tactic can cause micro-thawing and micro-freezing, which degrades cell structure and reduces the quality and shelf life of foods. TES serves as a much-needed heat sink to manage heat infiltration, protect product, increase refrigeration efficiencies and reduce peak demand costs.

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Release: Viking Cold Installs Another Thermal Energy Storage System in California at Dreisbach Enterprises’ Warehouse

April 30, 2018 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Installation in Bay Area industrial warehouse to manage high energy costs caused by peak energy pricing and reduce electricity demand by over 55 percent.

RICHMOND, Calif. & Houston–( BUSINESS WIRE )–Viking Cold Solutions, the leading Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provider for the low-temperature cold storage industry, today announced it is partnering with a leading cold chain logistics provider in Northern California, Dreisbach Enterprises, to ensure temperature stability and manage energy usage at its Richmond warehouse. By installing a Viking Cold TES system, Dreisbach is again demonstrating their customer focus by adding more product temperature stability measures while reducing the electricity demand of the facility by over 55 percent – from 850 kilowatts to 400 kilowatts for 11 hours each day – and reducing its total electricity consumption by as much as 35 percent.

Low-temperature cold storage facilities require the highest energy demand per cubic foot of any industrial electricity load. In some markets, peak demand charges comprise up to 70 percent of a facility’s electricity bill, encouraging customers to shut off equipment during peak periods. This ‘fly-wheeling’ tactic can cause micro-thawing and micro-freezing, which degrades cell structure and reduces the quality and shelf life of foods. TES serves as a much-needed heat sink to manage heat infiltration, protect product, increase refrigeration efficiencies and reduce peak demand costs.

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Viking Cold Named to Food Logistics’ Top Green Providers List for 2017

June 20, 2017 All News, Cold Storage, Food Processing, News Articles, Press Releases, Supermarket

Houston, Texas – June 20, 2017 (PRNewswire) – Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named thermal energy management company Viking Cold Solutions to the Top Green Providers list for 2017. Viking Cold leverages thermal energy storage (TES) technology for  cold chain systems in groceries, warehouse operations and food processing facilities with specific temperature needs, reducing thermal energy consumption as much as 39%. Viking Cold’s TES system shifts energy demand to night time off-peak hours and reduces on-peak refrigeration runtime during the day.

Food Logistics‘ annual Top Green Providers recognizes companies whose products, services, or exemplary leadership is enhancing sustainability within the food and beverage industry. Each year, the criteria for earning a spot on the list become more stringent for applicants, requiring evaluation of a company’s participation in recognized sustainability programs such as the EPA’s SmartWay, and can involve those facilities that are LEED-certified and have reduced GHG emissions. In this instance, deployment of high-impact demand reduction solutions to industrial refrigeration loads was considered.

“The future viability of the world’s food supply chain is dependent upon our ability to integrate sustainability from farm to fork,” says Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director. “Transportation and logistics comprise a significant part of that supply chain, and we commend those companies in our industry that embrace their role as environmental stewards, while raising the sustainability bar for their peers.” Against this backdrop Viking Cold Solutions CEO, James Bell, added, “As part of our commitment to cold chain sustainability and reducing environmental impact, we are honored to provide this groundbreaking efficiency technology. We greatly appreciate the recognition of our work by Food Logistics Magazine.”  Bell further noted, “Our phase change material (PCM) technology is revolutionizing energy efficiency in the low temperature space with intelligent controls, sensors and monitoring.  This enables operators to determine how and when they purchase and use energy in their freezers.”

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company that makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient by using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls. The company’s passive Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems store energy, reduce demand, shift load, monitor customer facilities, and provide thermal back-up protection. The company’s patented TES systems have saved over 8,100 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

Viking Cold Solutions partners with Salt River Project and Bashas’ Family of Stores to deliver environmentally friendly thermal energy storage system

June 13, 2017 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Food Processing, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

Houston, Texas – June 13, 2017 – Viking Cold Solutions today announced a collaboration between Salt River Project (SRP) and Bashas’ Family of Stores to install and evaluate the performance of Viking Cold Solutions’ environmentally friendly Thermal Energy Storage (TES) System at the Bashas’ distribution center in the Phoenix metro area. This low-impact, sustainable system is expected to offer significant energy savings, energy demand management, and heightened protection for frozen food products.

The TES system also reduces energy distribution and delivery challenges for SRP by shifting energy demand to night hours. The passive TES system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, enabling less refrigeration runtime and reduction of load during peak afternoon hours.

“We are very pleased to support this project with Bashas’ and Viking Cold Solutions and to evaluate a technology that shows potential as an energy management tool for us and our customers,” noted Nathan Morey, Manager of SRP Product Development. “SRP is excited to learn more about thermal storage technologies, which can provide energy savings for customers with industrial freezers like Bashas’ and provide long-term benefits to all customers by reducing peak demand during summer months.”

This project includes the installation of the Viking Cold Solutions Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system and 24/7 energy monitoring within the Bashas’ ice-cream freezer at their distribution center. “We continuously evaluate energy efficiency opportunities, as refrigeration is one of our highest operating expenses. We support technologies that provide greater temperature stability, helping us to continually provide low product prices to our customers. SRP is an innovative power utility, and we are excited about this partnership and glad we were able to come together to fund this project,” said Mike Basha, Vice President of Logistics at Bashas’.

SRP will also fund the third-party research analysis for the project, evaluating the TES system’s Phase Change Material (PCM) for its efficiency improvements and effectiveness at shifting energy load from on-peak to off-peak hours. SRP collaborated with Arizona State University’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, along with Nexant’s Utility Services Group, to measure the results of the project and extrapolate the potential impact of this technology on additional low temperature refrigeration loads in the Phoenix area. “Our students are excited to learn more about the potential energy savings and demand reduction impact of this innovative technology, as well as how it can be deployed in more facilities to support reductions in the Phoenix area’s peak load,” commented Kristen Parrish, ASU Assistant Professor.

“Cost effectively managing growing power grid demand and providing reliable and reasonable power prices to customers requires innovative solutions and collaboration from all parties – utilities, academia, industrial customers and technology providers. We anticipate that this project will provide a roadmap for deploying high-impact demand reduction solutions to refrigeration loads that were not previously accessible. As part of our commitment to cold-chain sustainability and reducing environmental impact, we are honored to be the enabling technology,” James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions stated.

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company that makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient by using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls. The company’s passive Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems store energy, reduce demand, shift load, monitor customer facilities, and provide thermal back-up protection. The company’s patented TES systems have saved over 8,100 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

Frozen Gourmet installs a Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage system reducing energy costs by over 27%

April 20, 2017 All News, Case Studies, Cold Storage, Energy Storage, Food Processing, Press Releases, Supermarket, Utility & Grid

An innovative thermal energy storage system provides significant cost savings, enhanced product monitoring, and protection for low temperature cold storage operators.

Frozen Gourmet, a dedicated Nestlé facility and a leading ice cream distribution company on the West Coast, has installed a Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system from Viking Cold Solutions™ and has reduced energy consumption over 27%.

Viking Cold’s patented Thermal Energy Storage system was installed at the end of 2016 and has reduced energy consumption by over 45,000 kWh since the beginning of 2017. The TES system also reduced peak demand charges by shifting electrical load to night time. The passive TES system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, allowing refrigeration to run less frequently and during off-peak rate hours. The result is significant cost and electricity savings, especially in California where expensive daytime demand charges are common.

“We searched for a year to find the right technology to reduce our energy costs and decided to purchase the Viking Cold TES system after seeing the capability and flexibility the system provides,” said Bill Kohn, CEO of Frozen Gourmet. “The reduction in energy consumption has improved our bottom line and the real-time monitoring has been invaluable in helping us recognize and address equipment issues before expensive problems arise.”

The Frozen Gourmet team has not only been able to reduce energy consumption but also maintain more stable temperatures inside their freezer with the integrated Viking Cold Energy Management System that monitors and optimizes the existing refrigeration equipment. Daily reports and alarm notifications alert the team in the event of temperature abnormalities, mechanical equipment failure, or power outages.

“Reducing energy consumption by 27% in a low temperature space is now possible with our passive Thermal Energy Storage system,” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “This technology is revolutionizing energy efficiency in the freezer space while helping to better protect the food with intelligent controls and sensors. There’s simply no other option available that combines efficiency and load management.”

In California, there is a $200 Million market opportunity for Viking Cold’s TES technology, which includes 570 million square feet of cold storage and approximately 8,210 grocery stores.

To learn more, watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video about how the TES works.

About Viking Cold Solutions:

Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company which makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls. The passive Thermal Energy Storage (TES) solution stores energy, reduces demand, shifts load, monitors the facility, and provides thermal back-up protection. The company’s patented TES systems have saved over 8,100 MWh of energy, reduced carbon footprint by over 4,400 metric tons, and prevented more than $13M of product loss. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

Contact:
Collin Coker
VP Sales & Marketing
Viking Cold Solutions
+1-832-497-5205
ccoker@vikingcold.com

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