Viking Cold Solutions, the leading Thermal Energy Storage (TES) provider for the low-temperature cold storage industry, 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.
“Viking Cold Solutions’ TES systems have delivered an immediate reduction in refrigeration equipment run time, significant load reduction during peak pricing periods, and stable temperatures throughout the entire freezer,” said Jason Dreisbach, owner of Dreisbach Enterprises. “With high energy costs in California, particularly due to rising peak period demand charges, the increased refrigeration flexibility and resulting energy savings have directly improved our bottom line while ensuring we meet customers’ temperature expectations. We’re looking forward to further projects with Viking Cold Solutions.”
The Viking Cold TES systems consist of self-contained cells of environmentally-friendly, proprietary phase change material (PCM) paired with intelligent controls and 24/7 remote monitoring, notification and reporting software. During off-peak energy hours, a cold storage facility’s conventional refrigeration equipment freezes the PCM. During peak demand hours, facilities reduce mechanical run time of their costly refrigeration systems and rely on the PCM to maintain over 35 percent more stable temperatures. Also, during these reduction periods, the PCM absorbs approximately 85 percent of all heat infiltration in the freezer to ensure food quality and safety and avoid up to 90 percent of peak period consumption.
“Our TES systems optimize the balance of energy costs and food safety through stable temperatures in a cold storage facility,” said Collin Coker, VP of Sales and Marketing at Viking Cold Solutions. “We’re excited to partner with more Global Cold Chain Alliance members such as Dreisbach Enterprises to increase their refrigeration efficiencies and decrease energy expenses while mitigating product temperature risk. We’re also proud that our technology is helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the global cold storage industry.”
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Dreisbach Enterprises | http://www.dreisbach.com