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Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition

The Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition is an annual competition run by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) that challenges students to design ultra-energy efficient appliances. Each year, 8 - 12 collegiate teams are selected to design and test appliance innovations with the potential to use less energy than any current best-on-market products. The winner of the competition will be the team whose product best demonstrates energy and/or cost savings potential.

The winner of the 2012-2013 competition, University of Maryland, built an energy-saving heat pump clothes dryer prototype. Eight competing student teams received up to $25,000 to design and test innovative appliances that could save families and businesses money. A panel of Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory experts judged each team's prototype based on its demonstrated ability to reduce energy use by 10% or more compared to best on-market products, or the prototype's ability to reduce production costs by 20% or more compared with already-existing high efficiency products.

Twelve teams are competing in this year’s competition, which will culminate in a national webinar in late Spring 2014. Proposals for the 2014-2015 competition will be accepted beginning in Spring 2014. For more information on how to apply to the Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition, visit the How to Apply page.

A recording of the 2012-2013 competition review and judging is available online.

Promoting Building Technologies Research and Adoption

The competition promotes the rapid development of energy efficient appliances and supports education of the next generation of US clean energy engineers. The competition also supports the DOE's broader efforts to train and educate a new generation of engineers and entrepreneurs who will help solve our national energy challenges and bring cutting-edge energy technologies to the global market.

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