Robotic Personal Conditioning Device

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Program:
DELTA
Award:
$2,590,788
Location:
College Park, Maryland
Status:
ALUMNI
Project Term:
04/15/2015 - 05/12/2018

Technology Description:

The University of Maryland (UMD) will develop a robotic personal attendant providing improved comfort levels for individuals in inadequately heated/cooled environments. This mobile robotic platform will be fitted with a small, battery-powered, high-efficiency vapor compression heat pump and will be highly portable and able to follow an assigned person around during the course of the day, providing localized heating and/or cooling as needed while reducing the energy required to heat and cool buildings.

Potential Impact:

If successful, DELTA technology could increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions produced by powering traditional HVAC systems, and enable more sustainable heating and cooling architectures for energy-efficient building design.

Security:

The innovations developed under the DELTA program have the potential to increase energy efficiency, improve overall building performance, and reduce HVAC energy consumption by at least 15%.

Environment:

The heating and cooling of buildings generates about 13% of the U.S. domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Through improved utilization of energy produced by fossil fuels with full adoption DELTA can reduce these emission by 2%.

Economy:

DELTA program innovations can help U.S. businesses eventually reduce reliance on tightly controlled building environments, thus enabling radical and sustainable architecture in next generation energy efficient building design

Contact

ARPA-E Program Director:
Dr. Jennifer Gerbi
Project Contact:
Dr. Reinhard Radermacher
Press and General Inquiries Email:
ARPA-E-Comms@hq.doe.gov
Project Contact Email:
raderm@umd.edu

Partners

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratory

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Release Date:
04/29/2014