HOUSTON, March 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Southern California Edison (SCE), an Edison International company, has completed a two-year evaluation of the energy-saving thermal energy storage (TES) technology of Viking Cold Solutions, which recommends the adoption of TES in SCE’s program portfolio to promote greater energy efficiency and demand response in cold storage facilities. This utility study further validates the business benefits of thermal energy storage to improve grid stability, reduce electricity consumption, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Inclusion in SCE’s programs will drive wider adoption of Viking Cold’s breakthrough sustainability technology by food manufacturers, distributors and retailers coast-to-coast.
Evaluation of this TES utility demonstration project, conducted by environmental consultancy D+R International on behalf of SCE, determined that phase change materials combined with smart controls significantly improved efficiency energy and demand side management capabilities for cold storage facilities. Demonstrated at a Southern California foodservice distributor, Cerenzia Foods, the evaluation confirmed that Viking Cold’s TES technology increased energy efficiency by 25% in the refrigeration system and significantly reduced peak load demand , while better maintaining the required product temperatures.
Cerenzia Foods owner Frank Annunziato said, “The overall technology implementation experience went very well and we are pleased with the results. To further improve our energy saving efforts and ensure proper temperature management of our products, we plan to integrate the system into other areas of our facility in the near future.
Existing incentive programs in California can help operators of temperature-controlled facilities significantly reduce operating costs while reducing GHG emissions. The success of this assessment will promote participation in other public service programs.
In a related development, photo magazine recognized Viking Cold Solutions as the 2021 Sustainability Award winner for its innovative thermal energy storage technology and services in a live global ceremony last month. Jurors on the judging committee cited the efficiency and scalability of the company’s TES technology as two of the reasons Viking Cold was selected over hundreds of other companies vying for the awards. This international recognition of the contributions of TES technology to greater efficiency in the global food chain and as part of industry efforts to reduce GHG emissions from energy-intensive temperature-controlled facilities, comes after Viking Cold Solutions passed another major milestone last November.
This milestone was the culmination of a major Pathway to Net Zero Energy (ZNE) study released by the California Energy Commission (CEC), which included TES in the blueprint for a Pathway to Net Zero Emissions. for commercial buildings. CEC released the results after conducting a four-year study in San Francisco of the design and modernization of an existing Whole Foods Market, which served as a testing ground for conservation measures leading to a successful path to ZNE commercial buildings. Once again, Viking Cold Solutions’ TES technology has proven to be an applicable energy saving measure to help meet California’s energy efficiency goals.
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