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Six Manufacturers Participating in Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge

November 3, 2021 | By HPAC Magazine

The U.S. Department of Energy, along with NRCan and the EPA, will be partnering with Carrier, Daikin, Johnson Controls, Lennox, Mitsubishi Electric and Trane.

DOE Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge.

This past May the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of a Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge, an initiative to develop affordable and efficient heat pumps for any building owner in any climate, developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

The DOE has now confirmed the first six industry partners to participate in the Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge include:

  • Carrier
  • Daikin
  • Johnson Controls
  • Lennox International
  • Mitsubishi Electric
  • Trane Technologies

The six HVAC manufacturers, in partnering with DOE, NRCan, and the EPA, along with States and other efficiency program and utility stakeholders, will demonstrate the performance of prototypical products and launch field demonstrations and pilot programs to accelerate adoption. The next generation of cold climate heat pumps developed under this challenge will have:

  • Increased performance at cold temperatures
  • Increased heating capacity at lower ambient temperatures
  • More efficiency across broader range of operating conditions
  • Demand flexibility (advanced controls to adjust usage on demand)

The DOE initially launched the Cold Climate Heat Pump Challenge as part of its Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3 Initiative). The E3 Initiative advances the research, development, and national deployment of clean heating and cooling systems that include heat pumps, advanced water heaters, low-to-no global warming potential refrigerants, and smarter HVAC diagnostic tools in residential and commercial buildings.





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