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ORNL explores CO2 as environmentally friendly gas
By experimenting with CO2 refrigerant systems and new refrigerant molecules, ORNL researchers look to mediate and minimize conventional refrigeration’s environmental footprint.
ORNL R&D Graces ASHRAE Journal Cover
"Living Lab" Platform for New Technologies
An ORNL co-authored paper became the cover story for the Sept. issue of the ASHRAE Journal. The technical feature article titled, "Energy Performance for ASHRAE Headquarters," discusses the creation of a "living lab" with three types of mechanical systems that enable research on different technologies.
DOE Invests in ORNL Buildings R&D
ORNL to lead 6 new BTO-funded projects and participate in 2 others
DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) awarded funding for 15 total projects, 8 of which include ORNL building technologies researchers, that will contribute to advancing early-stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes. ORNL will lead 6 of these projects, partnering with industry, academia, and other national laboratories. It is anticipated that ORNL’s post-negotiation awards will total just shy of $6 million with about $4 million for research by ORNL.
Building Technologies Update now available
Newsletter highlights cutting-edge research
ORNL’s summer issue of Building Technologies Update covers news and technical highlights associated with innovative building technologies and related research activities and projects, breaking new ground in energy efficiency.
UT-ORNL Gov Chair Enquist Announced
Governor’s Chair in High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments
Philip Enquist, leader for urban design and planning with Chicago-based architecture powerhouse Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, was named 16th University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair. Enquist will collaborate with ORNL's Building Technologies Research and Integration Center. The center aims to push new energy-efficient building products to the market.
ORNL shines in Top Inventions blog
Building Technologies Office R&D becomes the norm
ORNL buildings researchers were instrumental in collecting historical information for DOE’s blog post about the top four inventions that are helping homeowners save energy and money. The piece displays how many of the technologies that are considered the norm today started as emerging technologies decades ago, and how BTO is further advancing these technologies.
Next-Gen Home Refrigeration
ORNL, GE promote energy savings and simplified recycling
Refrigerators featuring magnetic cooling and 20 percent greater efficiency are the product of a cooperative research and development agreement between GE Appliances and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While the concept of magnetocaloric cooling has been around for many years, only since 2006 has GE explored using the technology for home refrigeration. In addition to energy savings and vastly simplified recycling at end of life, these refrigerators use no compressors or refrigerants that could be harmful to the environment. (Photo courtesy GE Appliances)
New R&D House Evaluates Heat Pump
Variable-Speed Air-Source Integrated Prototype
ORNL’s new unoccupied research house provides a risk-reducing, whole building approach to realistic residential technology validation. Currently in the house, ORNL is evaluating a NORDYNE prototype variable-speed air-source integrated heat pump for space conditioning and water heating. Researchers implemented sensor technology that will collect data at regular intervals while the heat pump operates in a residential environment.
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