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Power Magazine Interviews James Bell After Cleanie Award Win

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.

Energy Institute Awards 2019 Technology Innovation to Viking Cold

Each year in London the Energy Institute selects eight recipients who are delivering excellence to the global energy industry. Viking Cold received the Energy Institute 2019 Technology Innovation award for our Thermal Energy Storage technology’s contributions to the stability of the electrical grid and improved refrigeration sustainability. The Technology Innovation award recognises game changers/disrupters in the industry. Criteria included being an innovation that represents a major advance, commercially viable for wider market adoption, an inventive new technology or implementation, clear benefits over existing methods, and validated with proven results.

FoodDive.com – New tools transform frozen food energy costs into revenue streams

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.

Energy Storage North America Behind-the-Meter Finalist 2019

The annual Energy Storage North America Innovation Awards recognize excellence and impact in energy storage project development. Our Eversource Demand Management Project that installed 1.3 MW of behind-the-meter storage was a finalist in the Behind-the-Meter category in 2019.

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

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

ASHRAE 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.

Webinar: PLMA Thermal Energy Storage as a Grid Asset

Viking Cold was awarded the Peak Load Management Alliance's (PLMA) Technology Pioneer Award for utilizing our long-duration Thermal Energy Storage technology as a grid asset. The PLMA invited our VP of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker, to discuss our TES technology and how we are implementing systems across the country and around the world bringing flexible energy storage plus efficiency benefits to our customers and utilities alike.  You can watch the PLMA webinar here.

Podcast: Risk Reduction to the Cold Chain - MarketScale Energy

On the MarketScale Energy podcast, President & CEO James Bell explores risk reduction in the cold chain. Dealing with frozen food has a lot of inherent risks: which include the enormous and continuous energy required to safely store frozen food, the variable and continually increasing energy prices, potential loss of power due to increasingly more common natural disasters, refrigeration system mechanical failures, and ultimately liability for lost or damaged product. Thermal Energy Storage (TES) can address each of these issues to add resiliency and efficiency, as well as reduce risks in the storage of frozen food applications.

Podcast: Smart Grid Today Discussed Long-Duration Energy Storage

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 – Emerging Food Safety Technologies

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.

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

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.

Accelerate Magazine - Thermal Batteries Cut Cold Storage Energy Costs

Accelerate Magazine, a publication focused on advancing HVAC&R sustainability, has featured Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology. The article covers the sustainability benefits of TES, a recent utility-backed demand management project, and a customer installation case study.

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

Viking 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

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: Sustainable Supermarket Refrigeration Systems Becoming the Norm

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.

FoodDive.com – Using frozen food as a battery to lower energy costs?

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 Named Food Logistics Top Green Provider for 3rd Year in a Row

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.

Improved Sustainability & More Resiliency for the Power Grid and the Global Food Supply

In order to improve the health of our planet, businesses must act to reduce their energy usage and carbon emissions. Luckily, the foodservice, cold storage, and energy industries have an incredible solution that adds sustainability and resiliency while better protecting the food: Thermal Energy Storage. Many facilities in these industries run refrigeration equipment nearly non-stop, which accounts for over $40 billion in energy costs per year. Energy Efficient, Flexible, Resilient, and Sustainable Viking Cold is a thermal energy management company that makes cold storage facilities more energy efficient, flexible and sustainable with our thermal energy storage (TES) technology.

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

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.

Food Logistics – Should Frozen Food Be a Battery?

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

Grocery 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.

Energy Central - PLMA Technology Pioneer Award Interview

Energy Analyst, Matt Chester of Energy Central, an online power industry publication,  interviewed Viking Cold's Marketing Director, Damon Vance, about our recent PLMA Technology Pioneer Award. Here is the full interview: Using Thermal Energy Storage as a Grid Asset: Interview with Viking Cold Solutions, Winner of PLMA Technology Pioneer Award.

Engineered Systems - The Blueprint: Q&A interview with HVACR engineering’s leading voices

Engineered System's Editor-in-Chief, Herb Woerpel, interviewed Viking Cold's VP of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker, to discuss the state of the thermal energy storage market, Viking Cold Solutions’ role in that market, and more.

PLMA recognized Viking Cold as a 2019 Technology Pioneer

Peak Load Management Alliance has announced its eight recipients of the 16th annual PLMA awards. Viking Cold has been named a Technology Pioneer being recognized as an industry leader who created innovative ideas, methods, programs, and technologies to meet peak load needs and support successful grid integration of distributed energy resources during calendar year 2018.  Click here to learn more about PLMA awards.

Grocery Business – Are You Meeting Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions Goals Like Your Competitors?

An article on the Grocery Business website describes the importance of understanding multiple categories of sustainability standards and why each Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions goals are important for grocers to remain competitive. Learn more about the expectations of customers, competitors, investors, and even CPG brands for grocers to improve their sustainability.

SupplyChainDive.com - Why low-carbon warehouses are even more important than you thought

Do you know what Scope 3 emissions are? If you own or manage a warehouse then you should understand what these customer requirements are and how to meet them to keep your current customers and attract new customers. SupplyChianDive.com published an article about the increasing demand from CPG, retailers, and end consumers for distribution partners to become more sustainable and how warehouse operators can meet Scope 3 emissions standards.

GreenTech Media recognizes the successes and enormous opportunities for thermal energy storage

GreenTech Media's Julian Spector has written an article covering the huge potential of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and the few companies that have developed TES technologies. A number of successful projects are highlighted that demonstrate the opportunity for TES to benefit cold storage and utility and power providers right now and into the future.  Viking Cold's Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker, contributes thoughts about the market adoption of TES and the continued growth of Viking Cold Solutions.

Distributed Energy Magazine - Thermal Energy Storage, A Cooler Energy Storage Technology

Energy publication Distributed Energy has published an article authored by our CEO, James Bell, describing how Thermal Energy Storage provides backup resiliency to cold storage warehouses, adds efficiency to commercial and industrial refrigeration applications, and provides the grid a storage technology that can now manage the high energy demand of the cold storage industry.

Food Processing – How Refrigeration Systems Can Be Enhanced for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Food and beverage manufacturing magazine Food Processing has published an article outlining innovations that improve refrigeration systems in food processing and food storage. Viking Cold's thermal energy storage system is highlighted as one of the technologies providing efficiency and improving refrigeration operations.

Microgrid Knowledge highlights growing Thermal Energy Storage applications

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.

Grocery Business - Longer and Safer Flywheeling in Freezers

Do you know what flywheeling is? Do you practice flywheeling in your freezers? Do you know the risks associated with flywheeling? Are you safely maximizing your savings from flywheeling? Get all those questions answered and more in the Grocery Business article highlighting how thermal energy storage provides safer and longer periods of flywheeling in freezers.

Grocery Business - How Grocers Can Boost Sustainability, Store Traffic, and Profits

Consumers are making buying decisions based on the sustainability of the brands they buy and the retailers that sell them. Not only are customers driving grocers to focus more on sustainability, but being sustainable can also drive profits. Grocery Business posted an article describing how TES helps grocers reach sustainability goals faster and improve the bottom line.

Release: Greater Boston Food Bank, Eversource, and Viking Cold Solutions Collaborate to Cut Energy Consumption at Yawkey Distribution Center

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.

Storage + Efficiency for C&I Demand Management on UtilityDive.com

Power providers are looking for new distributed energy resources to help with demand management across the grid.  Some offer flexibility and some offer efficiency.  This article on Utility Dive explains how Viking Cold's  TES provides both energy storage for flexibility and added efficiency to C&I refrigeration applications.

ProFood World - Transform your operation from energy consumer to energy producer

ProFood World, a leading food and beverage manufacturing publication, recognized Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage technology as one of the technologies empowering food producers to lower energy costs and to help reach corporate responsibility and sustainability goals.

Release: Viking Cold Solutions and Constellation to Offer Efficiency Made Easy Program to Commercial & Industrial Refrigeration Customers

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.

Modern Equipment Manufacturer - Making the global cold chain more efficient

Modern Equipment Manufacturer covers the news, trends, and advancements being made in the manufacturing and cloud-enabling of equipment. They interviewed Viking Cold's Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker, after his presentation at the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Atlanta. Read the article about how Thermal Energy Storage is improving the cold chain by increasing refrigeration efficiency and providing valuable insight and data to food producers, foodservice distributors, and cold storage companies around the world.

Meat Packing Journal - Storing Cold Saves Money

Meat Packing Journal published an article presenting the improvements TES brings to low-temperature cold storage facilities.  Part of that article was an interview with Viking Cold's Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker, to discuss how TES improves efficiency and how Thermal Energy Storage as a Service (TESaaS) is helping cold storage operators and grocers add TES with no upfront investment and guaranteed savings every month.

GCCA Cold Facts - Thermal Energy Storage Reaps Financial Benefits

Cold Facts, the official publication of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), has published an article highlighting one of our case studies and the resulting benefits of Thermal Energy Storage (TES) in commercial frozen food warehouses.  Findings include 35% added efficiency and the flexibility to shed refrigeration load for 13 hours each day while improving temperature stability inside the freezer. You can view the full Cold Facts article with charts and graphs HERE and read the full case study HERE.

C&I Case Study: 43% Reduced Consumption for 13 Hours on UtilityDive.com

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.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive Green Supply Chain Award for Viking Cold

Supply & Demand Chain Executive annual Green Supply Chain Award winners for 2018 have been announced and Viking Cold is proud to be one of this year's recipients. The award recognizes providers of supply chain solutions and services assisting their customers in achieving measurable sustainability goals. You can view the full list of 2018 Green Supply Chain Award winners here.

5 Ways to Reduce Energy Costs in Refrigerated Warehouses on SupplyChainDive.com

The fastest ways to lower energy costs are adding efficiencies to the facility and adding flexibility to how and when to purchase the power that drives refrigeration equipment. This is similar to achieving better fuel efficiency for automobiles on highways versus city streets and throwing in some downhills to further reduce fuel costs. Read more about five specific strategies that lower refrigeration energy costs in frozen food warehouses on Supply Chain Dive.

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

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.

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

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.

Grocery Business: Defrosting the Top Risks in Cold Storage

Producing, shipping, storing, and selling frozen foods comes with risks at every step of the cold chain. These risks include temperature fluctuations (which cause loss of product quality and shelf life) as well as potential problems with power and equipment resiliency, and the loss of profits. Grocery Business has published an article describing how Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage technology can help address all these risks.

Potato Business Exclusive: Stable Temperature Is Essential in a Cool Storage

International publication Potato Business has published an article featuring Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage technology. All frozen foods, especially those with high water content like potatoes, are susceptible to shelf life and quality loss due to temperature variations. Read more about how TES helps cold storage facilities protect their product.

Case Study: Warehouse Drops Consumption 43% and Peak Demand 29% for 13 Hours

Viking Cold Solutions, Inc. conducted a Measurement and Verification (M&V) study of its thermal energy storage (TES) technology installed in Dreisbach Enterprises' 93,000 square foot low-temperature cold storage warehouse in Richmond, CA. The objectives of the M&V study were to determine the effectiveness of TES on energy efficiency and temperature stability with an ammonia-based refrigeration system. The utility rate plan for this facility includes increased pricing for kWh consumption and peak kW demand during a 13-hour peak period (8:30 am to 9:30 pm) Monday through Friday that accounts for nearly 50% of the annual energy costs at the Dreisbach facility.

Frozen Food Risk: The Unfrozen Water Inside on FoodDive.com

Did you know that almost 10% of the water in frozen beef is still liquid even at -40 degrees Celsius? Food Dive's article discusses how that water content could be reducing frozen food's color, texture, taste, and shelf life and how TES technology can help reduce the risk of frozen food temperature fluctuations in walk-in freezers and frozen food warehouses.

All the Green, None of the Cost (Progressive Grocer Guest Blog)

Sustainability is a growing priority in the grocery and cold-storage worlds, and new technology implementations require investment.  Progressive Grocer has posted a blog article that outlines how grocers and operators can add thermal energy storage with no upfront investment and be cash-flow positive from day one. They can now expand their green initiatives, lower energy costs, protect their food, and reduce their carbon footprint without capital expenditures or tying up credit.

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

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.

Grocery Business: Stable Grocery Freezers Avoid “Micro-Freezer-Burn”

Even at -40 degrees Celsius there is still some unfrozen water in frozen food. Grocery Business has published a website article outlining the potential risks of temperature fluctuations to frozen products and how Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage technology can help protect food quality and shelf life from "Micro-Freezer-Burn".

Frozen Foods Europe Exclusive: Protecting Food Supply in Extreme Weather

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.

Viking Cold Named to Food Logistics’ Top Green Providers List for 2018

Viking Cold Solutions earns a spot on the coveted Food Logistics’ 2018 Top Green Providers list, our second year in a row!  The award is presented to companies who promote sustainability in their operations and/or to their customers.  Viking Cold continues to transform energy efficiency of cold storage facilities and supermarket freezers through its innovative application of Phase Change Materials and intelligent controls.

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

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)

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.

Green Lights for Thermal Energy Storage: Feature Article in Frozen Foods Europe

European publication Frozen Foods Europe featured an article discussing how Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology will help cold  storage providers meet the EU's energy goals. Our TES systems help meet these standards by reducing energy consumption, improving refrigeration efficiencies, and providing energy storage capacity in situations when alternative generation sources like solar and wind are being implemented. Frozen Food Europe is dedicated to management level professionals in the frozen food industry: retailers, food service and catering, importers, exporters, producers, equipment manufacturers, providers of cold storage solutions, and processing plants and factories.

Energy CIO Insights Features Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage

Online and print publication Energy CIO Insights features Viking Cold's technology and the energy flexibility it provides through an interview with our CEO, James Bell. James describes how our Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology protects food, saves energy in the global cold chain, and benefits utilities.

Access to Refrigeration Load on UtilityDive.com

The well-known utility industry publication, Utility Dive, posted an article discussing how Viking Cold's thermal energy storage (TES) technology provides new access to the incredibly heavy energy load of cold storage facilities. Utility Dive provides professionals with a bird’s-eye-view of the utility industry through industry news, original analysis, and published in-depth feature articles.

Thermal Energy Storage: The Key to Energy Efficiency in the Cold Chain (Progressive Grocer Guest Blog)

Do you know how much energy the cold storage industry uses every year? How do energy prices, corporate sustainability initiatives, and governmental efficiency targets affect current and future operations for grocers and other cold storage facilities?  In his guest blog for Progressive Grocer, Viking Cold's Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker, discusses these issues and a solution to reducing energy costs in the cold chain. Progressive Grocer has been the voice of the retail food industry since 1922. By anticipating, reporting and interpreting the grocery industry’s top trends and information, Progressive Grocer fulfills its mission to stay Ahead of What’s Next.

Green Lights for Thermal Energy Storage (Feature Article in Frozen Foods Europe)

European publication Frozen Foods Europe featured an article discussing how Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology will help cold storage providers meet the EU's energy goals. Our TES systems help meet these standards by reducing energy consumption, improving refrigeration efficiencies, and providing energy storage capacity in situations when alternative generation sources like solar and wind are being implemented. Frozen Food Europe is dedicated to management level professionals in the frozen food industry: retailers, food service and catering, importers, exporters, producers, equipment manufacturers, providers of cold storage solutions, and processing plants and factories.

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

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.

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

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.

T&D World Features Viking Cold's AZ Installation with Utility SRP

Leading utility-focused publication T&D World published an article about Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems being installed in a low-temperature warehouse owned by Bashas Family of Stores' near Phoenix, AZ. This installation is a project in conjunction with Salt River Project (SRP), the local utility provider, to demonstrate how Viking Cold's TES technology lowers demand in the C&I space during peak periods. T&D World’s mission is to provide utility executives, managers, engineers, supervisors, operators and linemen with must-read information on the design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the electric power-delivery system.

GCCA: Cold Chain Innovations Webinar Series

Viking Cold Solutions, Inc. and Dreisbach Enterprises were selected to be first presenters in a brand new webinar series hosted by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and brought to you by Tippman Innovation.  Collin Coker of Viking Cold and Jason Dreisbach of Dreisbach Enterprises share how Thermal Energy Storage has helped Dreisbach's California facility re-balance the scale between temperature stability and energy charges for low-temperature cold storage facilities.  They talk through data-backed information on how thermal energy storage serves as a much-needed heat sink to balance energy and protect customers' products. Jason further describes why his company chose to embrace this thermal energy solution, describes their experience with installation, and how the technology transformed their operation. View the webinar playback here.

Alternative Energy Now Has Alternative Storage on UtilityDive.com

Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage technology was recently featured on UtilityDive.com. The article discusses how Viking Cold’s thermal energy storage (TES) technology provides an alternative storage technology for alternative energy sources. Utility Dive provides professionals with a bird’s-eye-view of the utility industry through industry news, original analysis, and published in-depth feature articles.

"Cold Chain Innovations" from GCCA's Cold Facts Magazine Features Viking Cold

Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology was installed in a facility with GCCA co-member Dreisbach Enterprises. The addition of this efficiency and demand shift technology into Dreisbach's freezers was featured in the publication's first ever "Cold Chain Innovations" section. Dreisbach experienced an immediate reduction in refrigeration equipment run time, significant load reduction during peak pricing periods, and stable temperatures throughout the entire freezer. Cold Facts is the bimonthly publication of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), the leading global cold storage organization.

Is Your Freezer Saving or Ruining Your Frozen Inventory? (Progressive Grocer Guest Blog)

The grocery industry publication Progressive Grocer invited Viking Cold’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker to write a blog. The blog begs the question, "are you operating your freezer in a way that saves frozen food or damages it?" Progressive Grocer has been the voice of the retail food industry since 1922. By anticipating, reporting and interpreting the grocery industry’s top trends and information.

Viking Cold Awarded Top 10 Energy Storage Providers 2018

Viking Cold Solutions has been named as one of Energy CIO Insights' Top Ten Energy Storage System Providers for 2018. We are proud to join this prestigious list along side companies like ABB, Fluence (a Siemens and AES company), LG Chem, Toshiba, and other energy storage pioneers.

The Hog Hiding in Your Grocery Operation (Progressive Grocer Guest Blog)

Viking Cold's Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Collin Coker, has written a blog for the grocery industry publication Progressive Grocer. The blog uncovers one of the biggest energy challenges faced by grocery and supermarket chains and how they can address that energy challenge with our Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology. Progressive Grocer has been the voice of the retail food industry since 1922. By anticipating, reporting and interpreting the grocery industry’s top trends and information, Progressive Grocer fulfills its mission to stay Ahead of What’s Next.

How 3PL's Reduce Costs in their Freezers on SupplyChainDive.com

A top online publication for the Third Party Logistics (3PL) and supply chain industries, Supply Chain Dive, has posted an article discussing how thermal energy storage (TES) technology from Viking Cold helps 3PL cold storage warehouse operators save up to 35% on their refrigeration energy costs. Supply Chain Dive provides industry news, original analysis, and published in-depth feature articles for professionals in the supply chain.

Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer: Thermal Energy Storage Feature

The March 2018 issue of Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer included a feature with Viking Cold Solutions. The article covered the application and benefits of thermal energy storage technology in grocery store refrigeration. Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer is an award-winning magazine providing information and insights to help its readers distribute, merchandise, and sell more frozen and refrigerated products, more profitably.

Frozen Food Quality in the Cold Chain

Cold storage operators are tasked with keeping frozen food at the appropriate temperatures as it travels from farm to fork. Different foods and even different elements within the food require different temperatures to remain frozen. The key to maintaining food quality and safety is temperature stability, and Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provides more stable temperatures keeping food safe to its final destination.

Food Bank Feeds 875,000 Extra People with Energy Savings

Every month, the San Diego Food Bank accomplishes the gargantuan task of providing food to over 370,000 people, nearly equivalent to the entire population of Cleveland, Ohio! Making this absolutely incredible operation possible are hundreds of devoted volunteers, millions of donated dollars, and a sustainability mindset.

Viking Cold Grocery Freezer Technology on FoodDive.com

Well known in the food industry, Food Dive published an article about Viking Cold on their website.  The article describes the benefits of thermal energy storage (TES) technology for grocery store and supermarket freezers. Food Dive provides professionals with a bird's-eye-view of the food industry through industry news, original analysis, and published in-depth feature articles.

James Bell Interview Prior to Speaking at Energy Storage Summit in London

The 2018 Energy Storage Summit is being held February 27-28 in London, England. The Energy Storage Summit is attended by developers, financiers, utilities, networks and aggregators discussing standalone storage, co-located and C&I applications, top case studies from around the world with innovative business models and positioning of utilities, as well as completed EFR projects, co-location and utilities' strategies. James Bell, Viking Cold CEO, will be speaking at the Technology Comparison Session at the summit to ensure everyone knows that the cold storage market, formerly inaccessible because of its continuous, high electricity demand, now has an environmentally friendly and economical energy storage solution with thermal energy storage (TES). James was interviewed prior to the show to share more about Viking Cold Solutions and the value the TES technology brings to operators and the utility providers.  Click here to read the full interview.

Sharing TES Benefits with Proud Green Building at AHR Expo 2018

Adam Valarmo, Director of Business Development for Viking Cold Solutions was interviewed by Proud Green Building while exhibiting at the 2018 AHR Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Proud Green Building is made up of professionals, such as builders, remodelers, architects, specifiers, landscape architects, designers, other industry pros and owners who are interested in learning about and integrating high performance, sustainable, and “green” strategies, systems and products to their buildings. This was the perfect opportunity for us to share the incredible efficiency and sustainability features of our Thermal Energy Storage systems.

Viking Cold TES Installation with Arizona Utility Incentives

Viking Cold's Thermal Energy Storage technology was being installed in a low-temp warehouse owned by Bashas' Family of Stores, an Arizona-based, family-owned and operated grocery chain.  The project was incentivized by the local utility, Salt River Project. Local news crews captured the positive feedback from the client and the utility. Click the images to watch the videos.

Built In Cold: Thermal Energy Storage for Cold Storage Construction Projects

It’s no secret that cold storage facilities are a huge investment for end users in the frozen food market. Ongoing operational cost, and energy costs in particular, are long-term considerations of any cold storage project. Cold storage architectural, engineering and construction know they must address these issues to secure project bids.

On the Margin: Thermal Energy Storage Reduces Grocery Freezer Energy Expenses

Energy demands in U.S. supermarkets are massive, with refrigeration and lighting accounting for over 50% of total energy use. Each year, the average American supermarket consumes roughly 50 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, and 50 cubic feet of natural gas per square foot.

Viking Cold Named One of the Top Green Providers for 2017

Through hard work and constant innovation, Viking Cold Solutions earned a spot on the coveted Food Logistics’ 2017 Top Green Providers list. As one of only 100 companies to have been chosen, this placement offers Viking Cold the chance to broaden their exposure while continuing to provide energy-saving solutions across the global cold chain. The company has stated that not only are they honored by the selection, but by the opportunity to make a significant impact in the industry’s endeavor to embrace sustainable practices.

Significant Savings with Viking Cold Solutions

Did you know electricity is the second highest expense in the cold storage industry? Viking Cold’s energy efficient technology is the perfect solution for businesses looking to save on energy related costs while maintaining temperature stability for their products.

Viking Cold Solutions Make Cost-Efficient Energy Decisions

Viking Cold is a thermal energy storage company transforming the cold chain in the cold storage and supermarket industries. Though the refrigeration industry can be slow to change, Viking Cold has caused major disruption by creating solutions and technologies that make cost-efficient energy decisions while protecting the integrity of the products stored.

Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage System Reduces Frozen Gourmet’s Energy Costs by Over 27%

For businesses in the frozen food market, energy costs are a major expense. Reducing the electricity used in storage facilities directly impacts the bottom line, making it a top priority for owners and operators. Cold storage operators who make the move to an innovative thermal energy storage system will realize significant cost savings, enhanced product monitoring, and protection for low temperature cold storage.

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

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

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%

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 ##############

Real-Time Energy Consumption Reporting Lowers Utility Bills

Bills – no one likes getting them, especially when they’re hard to decipher. Energy bills can be particularly challenging to understand, with few people able to wrap their heads around all the technical elements listed on a monthly statement. But for businesses with operations that consume a great deal of energy, being able to make sense of a utility bill is critical to ensuring expenses stay low.

How Thermal Energy Storage Works to Save You Money

Energy is fundamental to human life, but why does it have to be so expensive? The cost of powering lights, heating, ventilation, and cooling systems can have a substantial impact on a commercial consumer’s bottom line. At Viking Cold Solutions, we believe organizations with refrigeration needs shouldn’t have to spend considerable financial resources on energy costs. That’s why we develop energy saving solutions for businesses like grocers, warehouse operators, and food processing facilities with specific temperature needs.

Energy Storage Trends for the Cold Chain

Anyone that pays an electric bill knows that cooling measures such as air conditioning and refrigeration require a lot of energy and cost a lot of money. So imagine the energy requirement and expense of running the refrigeration systems found in cold storage warehouses, supermarkets, and food processing facilities where temperature must be maintained at a specific level to avoid product spoilage. It’s a costly operation, but fortunately new technologies are emerging to provide thermal energy management to companies looking to cut refrigeration costs through improved energy efficiency. 

Viking Cold Solutions’ Thermal Energy Storage system demonstrates over 30% energy savings in a 3rd party study and is recommended for adoption by utilities in California

An innovative thermal energy storage system using phase change material and intelligent controls provides significant cost savings, enhanced product monitoring, and protection for cold storage operators and supermarkets. Houston, Texas - November 14, 2016 - Viking Cold Solutions, a leader in thermal energy storage systems, today announced that a Southern California Utility, along with an independent 3rd party energy management firm, ASWB Engineering, completed a Field Demonstration Study of the Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system. The study verified a reduction in electricity consumption of 30% and 39% in two separate low temperature cold storage facilities in the San Diego area. Based on the results of this study, the Utility and ASWB recommended that California utilities adopt the technology into their Energy Efficiency incentive programs. The purpose of the independent study was to determine the effectiveness of Viking Cold’s patented TES system in cold storage freezer applications and to qualify the system for California utility inventive programs as part of the California Energy Commission Emerging Technologies initiative. “The benefits of the technology include reduced refrigeration equipment run time and increased product safety during power emergencies due to the thermal storage capabilities of the solution.” said John Baffa, Professional Engineer at ASWB Engineering. “It is exciting to see our technology recognized by a leading utility energy efficiency program and I’m pleased that the study validates the results that Viking Cold customers already experience daily.” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “Our passive, non-mechanical system is a cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption across the cold chain, from walk-in freezers to large distribution warehouses, which can be used stand-alone, or to boost the return with solar PV.” Two locations currently using Viking Cold’s TES system were studied by ASWB. The first test site, a walk-in freezer on Camp Pendleton in Southern California, showed a net facility energy savings of 30%.  The second test site is a commercial freezer warehouse at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. By leveraging the Food Bank’s existing photovoltaic system to run the refrigeration during the day and using Viking Cold’s TES system at night, the facility showed a net energy savings of 39%. "Electricity costs are one of the top two expenses in the cold storage industry and this study demonstrates the value of using an intelligent Thermal Energy Storage system to reduce energy consumption in freezers.” said Corey Rosenbusch, President and CEO of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA). “Based on these results, our membership should evaluate this technology for their own low temperature applications.” The complete Phase Change Material and Controls Field Demonstration Study, written by ASWB Engineering, can be downloaded on the California Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council’s website at: http://www.etcc-ca.com/reports/phase-change-material-and-controls-study-low-temp-refrigeration-applications  About Viking Cold Solutions: Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company, which makes the world’s cold storage systems more efficient using proprietary Phase Change Material (PCM) and intelligent controls.  The 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 7,000 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: Maddie Mansson Director of Marketing Viking Cold Solutions +1-346-804-4363 mmansson@vikingcold.com

Australian cold storage facilities and supermarkets can reduce electricity peak demand up to 90 percent using Thermal Energy Storage

U.S. innovator partners with Australian businesses to launch technology to harness solar energy to cut costs and carbon emissions of cold storage facilities and supermarkets. Viking Cold Solutions™, a leading provider of Thermal Energy Management solutions for cold storage facilities and supermarkets, has today announced the launch of Solar Energy Storage™ at the Refrigerated Warehouse and Transportation Association Conference in Queensland, Australia. The system combines Viking Cold’s patented Thermal Energy Storage System with rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) to deliver green, cost-effective, around-the-clock energy management for cold storage facilities, supermarkets, and utilities. The system can reduce electricity peak demand by up to 90 percent, save customers money, and helps balance the electricity grid. The technology enables cold-storage facilities and supermarkets to intelligently store and selectively deploy PV generated power within refrigerators to reduce energy costs.  Originally developed by NASA, the patented Thermal Energy Storage Cells are now used to absorb infiltrated heat so that food remains at its target temperature. This environmentally friendly solution solves some of the largest challenges of solar energy by extending the useful time for solar power and by reducing renewable variability. Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution comes at a key time for Australia.  33% of electricity in South Australia is generated from renewable sources and it has set an aggressive target of 50% renewable generation by 2025.  “Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution can help Australia meet its renewable energy targets while helping to balance the grid by reducing peak demand.” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “As renewable penetration grows, it will ultimately overwhelm the ability of conventional resources to compensate for renewable variability.” Renewable generation combined with Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage™ provides multiple advantages for both businesses and grid operators: Increase the value of PV – Store solar energy during the day and use it for refrigeration at night Cost-effectiveness and system longevity – Renewable generation and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage are low-cost and are designed to last for at least 20 years with minimal maintenance Lower peak demand charges – Peak load shedding or shifting on command avoids peak rate times Reduce operational risk – Thermal backup allows customers to maintain safe temperatures and preserve food quality during equipment failure or power outages, reducing food loss and business interruption Buffer for Utilities – Utilities benefit from Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution by providing a “buffer” of on-demand, efficient, and environmentally friendly thermal energy storage at customer sites Economic development – Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage boosts the local economy by using local engineering and labor To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works. Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Its Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 6000 MWh of energy and have removed over 4000 metric tons of Carbon from the air and mitigated over $13M of product loss. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems. Viking Cold Solutions provides energy storage solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly across the globe. Learn more at vikingcold.com

Viking Cold Solutions Recognizes Plaza Provision Company with the Leadership in Sustainability Award

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO August 17, 2016 - The Leadership in Sustainability Award program was conceived to recognize high-impact sustainable business accomplishments by Viking Cold Solutions’ partners.  James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions, presented the award to Robert Cimino, CEO of Plaza Provision Company, at the company headquarters in San Juan on Wednesday. Plaza Provision Company, a leading food distributor in Puerto Rico, installed its first Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system in 2010.  Over the years, the company has reported a reduction in energy consumption by its freezers of over 30%.  This has reduced overall energy consumption by over 3,200 MWh and reduced carbon footprint by over 2,200 metric tons.  Plaza Provision Company maintains a strong environmental responsibility program and the energy savings from the Viking Cold system has been a significant part of lessening the environmental footprint of its operations. This year Plaza Provision Company purchased its fourth TES system. The patented system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, allowing refrigeration equipment to run less frequently and at its maximum efficiency. Plaza Provision Company has helped to pioneer a technology that will continue to save energy, safeguard food products, and reduce carbon emissions while increasing the efficiency of their operations and the cold chain industry at-large. To learn more, watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video about how the technology works. To see more details on the Plaza Provision Company case, click here. Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems. Viking Cold provides energy storage solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. Learn more at vikingcold.com.

Plaza Provision Company cuts energy costs by over 30% using Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage System

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) is an effective energy savings strategy that allows thermal energy to be stored when electricity is less expensive and used later when prices are higher and utility demand charges and consumption are at their daily peak. TES systems have been in use for decades, mainly in HVAC applications to lower energy costs and ease demand on the electrical grid. 

Plaza Provision Company installs another Viking Cold Thermal Energy Storage system reducing energy costs by over 30%

Plaza Provision Company, a leading food distributor in Puerto Rico, has purchased its fourth Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system from Viking Cold Solutions and, where installed, has reduced energy consumption over 30%. Three Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage systems, installed in 2010, 2013 and 2014, have saved Plaza Provision Company over $650,000, reduced energy consumption by over 3,200 MWh, and reduced carbon footprint by over 2,200 metric tons. The patented Thermal Energy Storage systems store energy at night for subsequent day use, allowing refrigeration to run less frequently. The result is significant cost and electricity savings. “We purchased our fourth system because the total reduction in consumption has surpassed our expectations,” said Robert Cimino, CEO of Plaza Provision Company. “Also, having real-time monitoring has been invaluable and has helped us to recognize and address equipment issues before they become costly problems.” “Robert Cimino’s use of state of the art efficiency technology to not only improve his bottom line but also to preserve the environment, is an example of what can be achieved using the Viking Cold’s TES system,” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “Our TES system can be installed in cold storage facilities and supermarkets to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint while mitigating risk with temperature monitoring and backup thermal protection.” Plaza Provision Company's system is among twenty-four that Viking Cold has installed in cold storage warehouses and supermarkets in Puerto Rico, Bermuda, St. Thomas, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Aireko Services and Installation, Inc., a leading HVAC services company, is the authorized distributor of Viking Cold’s TES system in Puerto Rico.  They have been installing Viking Cold’s systems since 2010. To learn more, watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video about how the technology works. To see more details on the Plaza Provision Company case, click here. Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems. Viking Cold provides energy storage solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Learn more at vikingcold.com. Click Here to Download Media Kit For This Story

Viking Cold Solutions ™ delivers green, cost-effective energy saving technology to help provide 100,000 meals to hungry San Diegans

Solar Thermal Energy Storage provides significant cost savings and carbon emission reduction HOUSTON, June 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking Cold Solutions has completed another energy efficiency installation, helping the San Diego Food Bank-the largest hunger relief organization in San Diego County-reduce costs and feed over 100,000 meals to hungry San Diegans. Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank has installed Viking Cold's patented Solar Thermal Energy Storage System that leverages rooftop photovoltaic during the day and thermal energy storage at night. When PV generation is unavailable, the system reduces electricity consumption by 95 percent, delivering green, cost-effective, around-the-clock energy management. The system is among 24 built and installed by Viking Cold Solutions in cold storage warehouses and grocery stores in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, California, New Mexico and Texas. “To combat hunger in our county, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank will distribute more than 22 million pounds of food this year.” said Casey Castillo, VP of Finance and Administration.  “This solution fits in perfectly with our energy efficiency initiative – where we have already completed numerous cost-effective measures.  Our hope is that installing Solar Thermal Energy Storage will not only allow us to add thermal backup protection, leverage our solar system, and increase temperature stability, but most importantly, the savings will allow us to provide an additional one hundred thousand meals to hungry San Diegans over the life of the system.” “Our installation of thermal energy storage at San Diego Food Bank perfectly portrays our company focus on efficiency and sustainability” said James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions. “When our thermal energy storage technology is paired with solar generation, the result is an efficient, on-demand, green energy solution. The Viking Cold Solar Energy Storage solution extends the benefits of PV long after the sun goes down; effectively removing the freezer from the electrical grid.” The Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage solution couldn’t come at a better time for California utilities. Legislation signed by Governor Brown will require half of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2030. Utilities can benefit from Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage solution by providing storage and demand reduction at customer sites, helping stabilize the electricity grid as renewable penetration grows. To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works. See more details on the San Diego Food Bank Case here. Viking Cold Solutions™ is an energy storage company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Its Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 5900 MWh of energy and have removed over 4000 metric tons of Carbon from the air. Its team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems. Viking Cold provides turnkey energy-management solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads.    The company is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Learn more at vikingcold.com. Click Here to download the Media Kit for this story

Viking Cold Solutions™ Delivers Green, Cost-Effective Solar Thermal Energy Storage Solution to Help San Diego Food Bank Reduce Grid Energy Consumption by 95%

Thermal Energy Storage (TES) is an effective energy savings strategy that allows excess thermal energy to be collected and stored for later use—most typically when electrical utility demand charges are at their daily peak. TES systems have been in use for decades, mainly to lower energy costs and ease grid demand for air conditioning applications. Players in other energy intensive applications such as refrigeration and cold food storage are now investigating the potential of TES as a means of moving away from an inflexible U.S. electrical grid system and toward a low-carbon energy generation future.

European cold storage facilities and supermarkets can reduce electricity peak demand up to 90 percent using Thermal Energy Storage

U.S. innovator launches technology to harness solar energy to cut costs and carbon emissions of European cold storage facilities and supermarkets, whilst protecting the grid. HANNOVER, GERMANY (April 26, 2016)  Viking Cold Solutions™, a leading provider of Thermal Energy Management solutions for cold storage facilities and supermarkets, has today announced the launch of Solar Energy Storage™ at Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. The system combines Viking Cold’s patented Thermal Energy Storage system with rooftop photovoltaic (PV) to deliver green, cost-effective, around-the-clock energy management for cold storage facilities, supermarkets, and utilities. The system can reduce electricity peak demand by up to 90 percent, saving customers money and helping to balance the electricity grid. James Bell, CEO of Viking Cold Solutions said: "Solar has proven to be a low-cost, reliable, and green generation resource, but its intermittent nature has prevented its use for powering around the clock refrigeration.” Until now, the missing piece has been cost-effective and reliable thermal energy storage.  Our system enhances the usability of solar energy for cold storage operators, allowing them to store latent power within storage cells, to sustainably protect their products, while lowering operating energy costs." The technology enables cold-storage facilities, supermarkets, and utilities to intelligently store and deploy PV generated power within refrigerators to delay their use of energy and to reduce energy costs.  The patented Thermal Energy Storage Cells originate from a NASA approach to using ‘Phase Change Material’ to absorb infiltrated heat so that products remain at their target temperatures. This environmentally friendly solution solves one of the largest challenges to solar energy utilisation by reducing renewable variability. Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution comes at an important time for Europe, which has set a binding target to generate at least 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. “Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage stands ready to help Europe meet its renewable energy targets while helping to balance the grid by reducing peak demand.” said Bell. “As renewable penetration grows, it will ultimately overwhelm the ability of conventional resources to compensate for renewable variability.” Utilities benefit from Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage solution by providing a “buffer” of on-demand, efficient, and green Thermal Energy Storage at customer sites. The solution also helps stabilize the grid, enabling more intermittent users and suppliers of electricity to safely interconnect and helps achieve mandatory local energy storage targets. Rooftop solar combined with Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage™ derives multiple advantages for both businesses and grid operators across Europe: Increase the value of solar PV -  Store energy during the day and use it for refrigeration at night (increasing savings) Cost-effectiveness and system longevity - Rooftop solar and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage are low-cost and are designed to last for at least 20 years or the life of the facility, with minimal maintenance Lower peak demand charges -  Peak load shedding or shifting at any time of day increases savings during periods of renewable variability or at peak rate times Reduce operational risk - Thermal backup allows customers to maintain safe temperatures and preserve food quality during power outages or equipment failure,  eliminating perishable food loss and reducing business interruption Economic development - Rooftop solar and Viking Cold’s Solar Energy Storage use local engineering and labor, leveraging utility investments to boost the local economy The demand for fresh and frozen products combined with an expanding population, has rapidly pushed up the demand for cooling across the world.  The European Commission forecasts that the demand for cooling in Europe will rise by 73% by 2030. About Viking Cold Solutions™ Viking Cold Solutions™ is a thermal energy management company focused on making the world’s cold storage systems more efficient. Their Thermal Energy Storage Systems have saved their clients over 5,700 MWh of energy and have removed over 3,900 metric tons of Carbon from the air. Their team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems. Viking Cold’s environmentally friendly storage solutions reduce operational costs and lower business risk for cold storage and supermarkets with high refrigeration-based energy loads. The company is expanding rapidly throughout the U.S. and internationally. Learn more at www.vikingcold.com. To learn more, please watch Viking Cold’s 90 second video which explains how the technology works.

4 Thermal Energy Storage Benefits That Will Improve Your Bottom Line

Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage (TES) has many benefits for commercial businesses with high refrigeration based loads. Here are four of the main benefits that TES can provide. 1. Big Savings Imagine a world where gasoline costs $3 per gallon, but you could buy the same gasoline at night for $.75 per gallon. What time of the day would you buy your gasoline? You probably would buy the $.75 per gallon gasoline at night, store that energy in your gas storage tank and then use it during the day.

Case Study: Butterfield and Vallis uses PCM thermal storage to cut refrigeration costs 40%

Butterfield and Vallis, a leading food distributor in Bermuda, is saving over 40% of their electricity consumption using Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage Solution.  Viking Cold’s patented thermal energy cells were installed in the ceiling of Butterfield and Vallis' 10,000-square-foot warehouse freezer in 2015.  The Thermal Energy Storage System absorbs                                                                                 heat, allowing the chillers to run less frequently and keeping the warehouse within a few degrees of  -18º Celsius.

Viking Cold Solutions™ Joins Largest-ever U.S. Business Delegation To 2016 Hannover Messe

Viking Cold Solutions is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology, taking place April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany. For the first time in the Fair’s history, the United States will be the Partner Country, a status that provides the more than 390 businesses and organizations in the U.S. delegation an unprecedented opportunity to be prominently featured throughout the event. President Obama will also participate in this year’s event, themed "Integrated Industry-Discover Solutions."

Viking Cold Solutions™ Technology Delivers Cold Storage Savings

HOUSTON, March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking Cold Solutions has completed another energy efficiency installation, helping Bermuda's largest food distributor, Butterfield & Vallis, reduce refrigeration storage costs by 40 percent. Viking Cold's thermal energy storage system uses phase change material that absorbs heat as it melts, allowing chillers to run less frequently and still keep the Butterfield & Vallis warehouse within a few degrees of -18° Celsius.  The system is among 20 built and installed by Viking in cold storage warehouses in Bermuda, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, California, New Mexico and Texas. A detailed case study of the project may be found at: http://www.puretemp.com/pcmatters/bermuda-food-distributor-tes Viking Cold Solutions is an energy storage company focused on making the world's cold storage systems more efficient. Viking Cold's thermal energy storage systems have saved clients over 5330 MW of energy and have removed over 3676 metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere. The Viking Cold team has deep expertise in cold storage energy management, supermarket energy management, and thermal energy storage systems.   For more information see:  www.vikingcold.com Case Study Courtesy of Phase Change Matters-a publication produced by Entropy Solutions LLC, a biobased specialty chemical company based in Plymouth, Minnesota. Source: PR Newswire

The Thermal Energy Storage Revolution Has Begun

A new report from GreenTechMedia finds that energy storage capacity in the United States grew 243 percentlast year – a sign the clean-energy revolution is here. According to GreenTechMedia, 112 megawatts of energy storage were deployed in the fourth quarter of 2015. This was more than the combined total of all storage added in 2013 and 2014. We’re in a revolution with energy storage systems rapidly expanding across the country. What’s driving this? Simply put, innovation. Some are big names like General Electric driving the thermal energy storage revolution, but others are unknown, like Calmac, Ice Energy and Viking Cold Solutions™. These firms are unknown now, but they could be household names in the near future.

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