Regional Director, Viking Cold Solutions
Thermal Energy Storage Enables 13-Hour C&I Load Shed – a Case Study
Adam has managed sales and business development in the perishable cold chain field for 10 years, specializing in bringing new technologies to market, including the last two years as regional director for Viking Cold Solutions. He regularly collaborates with energy and refrigeration experts from third-party engineering firms, utilities, government agencies, and cold storage operators for validation studies, pilots, and customer installations. Adam previously held operations and finance positions for several major international ocean carriers. Adam holds his bachelor’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and has completed advanced studies programs with the University of California Irvine and Singapore Management University.
For the cold storage industry, where facilities maintain high demand and continuous refrigeration run times, traditional batteries are limited in their cost-effectiveness to shift facility energy usage for extended periods. Frozen food storage has the highest energy demand of any industrial category per cubic foot, accounting for more than $40 billion of electricity annually. As its electric load continues to grow, there is opportunity for distributed energy resources like thermal energy storage (TES) to store nearly 1,000’s of megawatts (MW) inside existing cold storage facilities. Utilities are now realizing that for commercial and industrial applications such as the energy-intensive cold storage industry, TES technology leveraging phase change material (PCM) has a much lower Levelized Cost of Energy ($0.015 per kWh) than other forms of storage, does not require additional storage space, and has a discharge time up to 13 hours.
This presentation will elaborate on a recent study of a TES project in a 8,640 square meter cold storage warehouse. Leading TES provider Viking Cold Solutions will highlight how:
- total energy consumption in the freezer across the study period was reduced by 35%
- peak demand during those same 13 hours per day dropped 29% (over 250 kW)
- while simultaneously delivering a 50 percent improvement in temperature stability.
The profound results of this study are increasingly relevant as more utilities look for ways to reform their business models, deferring costly capital investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure and increasing capacity supply while reducing capacity waste to meet the needs of their most energy intensive commercial customers. TES technologies, especially in the energy intensive cold chain, can unlock new large-scale opportunities for improved demand management.