ORNL Building Efficiency Software Available as Open Source Code

ORNL Building Efficiency Software Available as Open Source Code

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed Autotune, a set of automated calibration techniques for tuning residential and commercial building energy efficiency software models to match measured data. The software is now available as open source code on GitHub. The automated … Read more…

PNNL to Provide Technology Assistance to Small Clean Energy Firms

PNNL to Provide Technology Assistance to Small Clean Energy Firms

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has been tapped as one of five national laboratories to lead the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) new Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV will help small clean energy firms get technology assistance from scientists, engineers and facilities within the … Read more…

Kodak, ORNL Accelerate Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing

Kodak, ORNL Accelerate Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing

Eastman Kodak and the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have entered into an agreement to increase national competitiveness of roll-to-roll manufacturing in an effort to accelerate commercialization and manufacturing of next-generation battery and energy storage devices and materials. The agreement is intended … Read more…

DOE Invests $8M in Next-Gen HVAC Systems

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $8 million to advance research and development of next-generation HVAC technologies in the areas of advanced vapor compression technology and non-vapor compression technology. Advanced vapor compression systems projects will use highly efficient versions of the technologies that … Read more…

Smart Sensor Could Cut Building Energy Consumption by 30%

Smart Sensor Could Cut Building Energy Consumption by 30%

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are developing a low-cost wireless sensor that could make regulating comfort in small commercial buildings more efficient and less expensive. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the … Read more…

Geothermal Heat Pumps Outperform VRF Heating and Cooling

Geothermal Heat Pumps Outperform VRF Heating and Cooling

Research conducted by the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has shown that a geothermal heat pump (GHP) system offers more efficiency in a large commercial building than a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system. For the study, … Read more…

DOE Awards $425M for Supercomputing Technologies

DOE Awards $425M for Supercomputing Technologies

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced two new high performance computing awards. DOE’s Oak Ridge and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories will receive $325 million to build two state-of-the-art supercomputers. The joint collaboration of Oak Ridge, Argonne, and Lawrence Livermore (CORAL) was established in early … Read more…

DOE To Invest $11 Million In Heating, Cooling, Lighting Technologies

DOE To Invest $11 Million In Heating, Cooling, Lighting Technologies

The  Department of Energy announced $11 million in funding for 12 projects that will develop innovative heating, insulation, cooling and open source energy efficiency software, as part of President Obama’s plans to reduce energy bills for businesses and homes. Nine projects focused on energy efficient … Read more…

Save Money on Energy Bills with Cool Blue Roofs

Save Money on Energy Bills with Cool Blue Roofs

A national “cool” roof campaign could save some 5.7 quad of net primary energy valued at $33 billion over the 20-year lifespan of an average roof, according to researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Heat Island Group.

The Case for Cool Roofs recommends a no-cost cool roof upgrade program. It says upgrading commercial and residential roofs at end of service life could, over 20 years, save $15.5 billion in energy costs.

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