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July 16, 2014

Energy Department Invests $14 Million in Building Technologies

The Energy Department on July 15 announced up to $14 million in funding for 15 research and development projects to support technologies that will contribute to advancing early-stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes. Nine of these projects include Energy Department national laboratories. These projects will help building managers and homeowners reduce energy demand, save money and accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies.

Seven incubator projects will be funded with nearly $6 million to improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning, water heating, sensors and controls, and building energy modeling. Additionally, eight projects will receive $8 million to address energy efficiency in advanced clothes dryers, windows, and building thermal insulation. Cost-shared with a $3 million investment from industry, the projects are intended to dramatically reduce energy consumption in commercial and residential buildings.

Among incubator projects selected for funding is one in which Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will team with Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Maryland to develop a high-performance refrigerator that uses a novel rotating heat exchanger that allows for evaporation and eliminates the need for a defrost cycle. Another project will pair ORNL researchers with GE Appliances to create a prototype of a highly energy-efficient ultrasonic clothes dryer that uses high frequency sound to remove moisture from a range of fabric types. See the Energy Department news release.