BUILD-2014: User-Oriented Modeling Tools for Advanced Hybrid and Climate-Appropriate Rooftop Air Conditioners

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Lead Performer: University of California, Davis – Davis, CA
DOE Funding: $200,000
Cost Share: $339,515
Project Term: 2015 – 2017
Funding Opportunity: Building University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (DE-FOA-0001167)
Related Projects: EnergyPlus

Project Objective

University of California, Davis undergraduate students will work with industry partners to develop and validate a new EnergyPlus solution to model hybrid rooftop air conditioners that integrate the function of multiple cooling elements to gain climate-specific advantages in comfort and efficiency.  Currently, there are no standard modeling tools that allow engineers to simulate their performance advantages.

Project Impact

University of California, Davis undergraduate students will work with industry partners to develop and validate a new EnergyPlus solution to model hybrid rooftop air conditioners that integrate the function of multiple cooling elements to gain climate-specific advantages in comfort and efficiency.  Currently, there are no standard modeling tools that allow engineers to simulate their performance advantages.

Contacts

DOE Technology Manager: Mohammed Khan
Principal Investigator: Mark Modera, University of California, Davis