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Advanced Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Partners:
-- Indian Institute of Technology Bombay - Maharashtra, India
-- Malviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur - Jaipur, India
-- Delphi - Troy, MI
-- Ingersoll Rand/Trane - Davidson, NC
-- Oorja- Pune, India
DOE Funding: $200,000
Cost Share: N/A
Project Term: Oct. 2012 - Sept. 2017

Project Objective

The U.S.-India Joint Center for Building Energy Research and Development (CBERD) conducts energy efficiency research and development (R&D) with a focus on integrating information technology with building controls and physical systems for commercial/high-rise residential units. This CBERD project is (1) optimizing the operation of existing cooling and dehumidification systems, and (2) developing improved heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) physical systems. These improved systems need to handle fresh air more efficiently, which improves air quality, and must also have a cost-effective design. The long-term goal is to integrate an energy-efficient non-compressor dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) into HVAC systems, which could improve performance by up to 30%. The project team is directly collaborating with HVAC manufacturers, users, and consultants to meet this goal.

Contacts

DOE Technology Manager: Tony Bouza, Richard Karney
Performer: Patrick Hughes, Oak Ridge National Laboratory