Dais Analytic was awarded funding of $1.2 million from the US Department of Energy to further commercialize its heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) membrane technology for its NanoAir product. The award is part of a total investment of nearly $8 million announced at the end of April by the Energy Department to advance research and development of next-generation heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies.
Dais’ Aqualyte nanostructured polymer membrane materials allow Dais to manipulate water molecules in an innovative manner to condition air while improving energy efficiency and eliminating fluorocarbon refrigerants.
With the DOE funding, Dais will build and test a full size rooftop unit with 7.5 tons of refrigeration capacity. Project testing will take place at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), providing the HVAC industry with independently verified data demonstrating that Dais technology can improve rooftop unit energy efficiency by almost 90 percent over units installed today, reduce CO2 emissions, eliminate fluorocarbon refrigerants that accelerate climate change and improve end-user comfort with independent management of temperature and humidity.