DoE to fund $14 M to support clean energy research


The Energy Department announced that it will fund $14 million in 15 research and development projects to support technologies related to energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes.

These projects will help homeowners reduce energy demand, save money, and accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies.

Seven projects will be funded with nearly $6 million to improve heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); water heating, sensors, and controls; and building energy modeling.

Additionally, eight frontier projects that seek to improve the efficiency by incorporating innovative materials will receive $8 million to address energy efficiency in advanced clothes dryers, windows, and building thermal insulation.

In further development, the cost-shared with a $3 million investment from industry, the projects are intended to reduce energy consumption in buildings. In 2013, this was 40 percent of all energy use in the U.S, an estimated cost of $413 billion.

Kathleen Hogan, deputy assistant secretary, Energy Efficiency, said, “Investments in advanced energy-efficient technologies will help to reduce energy costs, while reducing carbon emissions. These approaches will improve smart-building technologies, including lighting, lighting controls, highly insulated walls and windows and other efficiency measures that complement a building’s entire energy management system.”

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