An investment of approximately 11 million dollars from the Energy Department with an additional 1 million dollars from private funding will pay for 12 projects that will work to improve heating and cooling technologies. The main goal for this $11 million Energy Department investment is to develop innovative heating cooling and insulation technologies.
David Danielson the Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy stated; “”Energy efficient technologies — from improved heating and cooling systems to better windows and lighting — provide one of the clearest and most cost-effective opportunities to save consumers money while curbing greenhouse gas pollution, user-friendly tools that quickly and cheaply analyze energy use will also help businesses and homeowners make better use of those technologies to save energy and lower their utility bills.” Experts agree that these projects are a step towards a greener, more cost-effective future for the heating and cooling businesses.
Half of the budget will be allocated to nine projects developing energy efficient building technologies. This is due to the projections stating that in the United States emissions of HFC’s from cooling systems are expected to triple in the next two decades, doubling the greenhouse gas emissions.
$750,000 of the budgeted money will go to Sandia National Laboratories and United Technologies Research Center. Their goal is to demonstrate a rotating heat exchanger technology for residential HVAC systems. This new residential heat pump could improve the efficiency of HAVAC systems, and reduce annual energy cost for the people.
$750,000 will go to Thermolift, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and National Grid with the goal of commercializing a natural gas heat pump to provide heating, and cooling, as well as hot water to both residential and commercial buildings. What makes this natural gas heat pump stand out is that it will not use HFC refrigerants and will likely triple heating efficiency.
Five Million dollars will go to three projects ran by the University of California, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie Mellon University. Their projects are to create software to help building owners monitor, and adjust lighting and energy use throughout the building. Home and Commercial building owners stand to save on their energy bills by installing these control and monitoring systems.
These newly funded projects are focused on increasing energy savings and lowering the percentage of energy consumption in the United States. Commercial and residential buildings use nearly 40% of the total energy consumed in the U.S. Once these projects are complete the carbon footprint of HVAC and other energy use should be drastically smaller.