HVAC, Water Heating, and Appliances

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About the Portfolio

The HVAC/Water Heating/Appliance subprogram develops cost effective, energy efficient technologies with national labs and industry partners. Technical analysis has shown that heat pumps have the technical potential to save up to 50% of the energy used by conventional HVAC technologies in residential buildings. Our focus is on the introduction of new heat pumping technologies, heat exchanger technologies, and advanced appliances, e.g., refrigerator and clothes dryers. Heat exchangers are used not only in air conditioning, heating, water heating and refrigeration but also in nearly every application that generates waste heat, a major crosscutting research opportunity. We are also pursuing non-vapor compression technologies, which have the potential to replace or be integrated with conventional vapor compression technologies, can provide 50% reductions in energy consumption, and have low to zero global warming potential (GWP).
View the Overview Presentation from the 2018 BTO Peer Review ►

View DOE's Next Generation Heating and Cooling R&D Strategy ►