Viking Cold Solutions announced a collaboration between Salt River Project (SRP) and Bashas’ Family of Stores to install and evaluate the performance of Viking’s environmentally friendly Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system at the Bashas’ distribution center in the Phoenix AZ 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. This passive system stores energy at night for subsequent day use, enabling less refrigeration runtime and reduction of load during peak afternoon hours.

This project includes the installation of the TES system and 24/7 energy monitoring within the Bashas’ ice-cream freezer at its distribution center.

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 results of the project and extrapolate the potential impact of this technology on additional low-temperature refrigeration loads in the Phoenix area.

Learn more at www.vikingcold.com.

Bashas’ Family of Stores, an Arizona-based family-owned grocer, operates Food City, AJ’s Fine Foods, Eddie’s Country Store, and both Bashas’ and Bashas’ Dine supermarkets and has more than 100 grocery stores. See www.bashas.com for complete details.

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