Energy Efficiency, Regulation - February 11, 2020
DOE announces $74 million in energy efficiency research
The U.S. Department of Energy announced Feb. 10 that will be allocating $74 million for 63 projects to research, develop and test energy-efficient building practices, awarded to institutions such as National Laboratories, universities, small businesses and industry partners.
The recipients of the DOE awards will be pursuing new technologies, systems and construction practices for buildings to increase efficiency and flexibility. Some of these projects include the development of grid-interactive efficient building design to link buildings to one another across the internet and power grid, which would enable a greater degree of flexibility over conventional buildings to reschedule operations to periods of the day when energy is cheaper and more efficient to use.
“DOE is accelerating its quest to improve the energy productivity and flexibility of America’s residential and commercial buildings,” Daniel R Simmons, Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, said in a statement. “We’re renewing our commitment to develop state-of-the-art building technologies that will empower Americans with more options to enhance buildings performance quickly without disruption to their lives.”
Other key developments under the research plan include addressing the cybersecurity of flexible buildings and developing new thermal energy storage materials, advancements in non-vapor compression HVAC technologies, fuel-driven building equipment and solid-state lighting.