It's almost November, and as much as we all don't want to leave spring and summer behind the time is long overdue to put away the beach gear and change out your shorts, swimsuits and flip flops for jeans, cozy sweaters and boots - because it's fall!
Summer is in full swing, and for many Americans that means high temperatures and even higher electric bills. The amount of energy used to heat, cool and ventilate buildings in the United States is enormous, equivalent to approximately 13% of the country’s annual power use. This is in part due to how inefficient environmental systems can be, which results in significant power wasted or lost.
ADAPTIVE APPAREL FOR PERSONALIZED THERMAL COMFORT UPDATED: December 15, 2017PROJECT TITLE: Passive Thermo-Adaptive Textiles with Laminated Polymer BimorphsPROGRAM: Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA)AWARD: $5,439,748PROJECT TEAM: OtherlabPROJECT TERM: May 2015 – May 2019PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (PI): Brent Ridley
Every year, DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) welcomes thousands of energy innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, and government professionals to its Energy Innovation Summit. Among all the world-class speakers, panelists, and networking opportunities, the can’t-miss star of the Summit is the Technology Showcase, where nearly 300 exhibitors show the world the future of American energy innovation.
MICRO-ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM UPDATED: November 30, 2017PROJECT TITLE: Micro-Environmental Control SystemPROGRAM: Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities (DELTA)AWARD: $3,199,963PROJECT TEAM: Syracuse University (Lead), United Technologies Research Center, Air Innovations, Bush Technical, LLC, and Cornell University PROJECT TERM: May 2015 to April 2018
At ARPA-E, we’re committed to identifying and advancing transformational technologies that can fundamentally change the way we generate, store, and use energy. We focus on guiding a broad portfolio of early-stage energy technologies on a path toward the marketplace. Our wide-ranging portfolio demands that we engage a diverse group of potential customers – from vehicle manufacturers and electric utilities to semiconductor manufacturers and the U.S. military.
At the 2016 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, the Technology Showcase featured more than 280 breakthrough energy technologies – ranging from solar powered motorcycles (with a top speed of 70 mph!) to self-piloting drones designed to detect methane leaks from natural gas facilities. This year’s Technology Showcase promises to be a hit again. Now organized by tech area (e.g. building efficiency, grid storage, etc.) the Showcase floor will be an ideal avenue to network with energy entrepreneurs and investors. Attendees will be able to view and learn about nearly 300 advanced energy technologies, many of which will be on public display for the first time.
Two new programs aim to detect and measure methane emissions and develop energy efficient heating and cooling systems.
Department of Energy Announces 22 New Projects to Enable Emissions Reductions and Improve Energy Efficiency
The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $60 million in funding for 22 innovative new projects aimed at detecting and measuring methane emissions and developing localized thermal management systems that reduce the energy needed to heat and cool buildings.
The workshop focused on transformational personal thermal management technologies that have the potential to enable a wider temperature set point range for buildings, thereby reducing the energy consumed to heat or cool them, while maintaining or improving personal thermal comfort for building occupants.