The Energy DepartmentÂ will investÂ $19 million inÂ 18 projects to support the development of building technologies that could help U.S. consumers and businesses save onÂ utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.
DOE said Friday the projects will facilitate the creation ofÂ sensors and energy modeling tools, systems to reduce refrigerant leaks and updateÂ heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems,Â as well asÂ aÂ gas-powered heat pump that can workÂ in colder climates.
The projects will also aid entry into theÂ renewable energy market and work toÂ identifyÂ air leaks, cutÂ energy losses inÂ buildingsÂ and transmit sunlight to building interiors to decrease electricity use, the department added.
“Improving the efficiency of our nationâs buildings presents one of our best opportunities for cutting Americansâ energy bills and slashing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
Moniz added the projects will help the department meets its goal to cut energy use inÂ U.S. buildings by 30 percent byÂ 2030.
The 18 projects are facilitated by the following entities:
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (three projects)
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Clemson University
- University of California-Berkeley
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (four projects)
- SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
- Columbia University
- Optimized Thermal Systems
- Ingersoll Rand
- Iowa State University
- Glint Photonics
- University of Miami