President & CEO
Viking Cold Solutions
James Bell joined Viking Cold Solutions in 2014 as President and in 2015 was appointed CEO. He brings execution and leadership skills honed from 25 years in operating companies, investment banking, and the military. His success building businesses spans the energy and investment banking industries and his leadership stems from his career as a Marine Officer. Mr. Bell received his BA from Texas A&M University, and earned a jointly-issued TRIUM MBA from NYU Stern, HEC School of Management, and the London School of Economics.
Refrigerating commercial and industrial warehouses requires large amounts of energy, increasing electricity costs and carbon emissions. In fact, frozen food storage facilities consume the most energy per cubic foot of any industrial category on the grid. A resilient, cost-effective energy strategy is crucial to ensuring a safe and sustainable cold chain. Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technology using Phase Change Material (PCM) is flexible, so it can be leveraged to minimize costs and GHG for refrigerated facilities in any energy market. Viking Cold's PCM absorbs 300x more heat than food, and does it 8x faster, consolidating the heat in the refrigeration airflow for efficient removal. This allows refrigeration equipment to be cycled down during peak hours and to run more efficiently when it comes back online. In this presentation, James Bell will address how TES stabilizes frozen food warehouse temperatures, operates in numerous energy markets, and reduces energy consumption and GHG.