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Building-Integrated Enthalpy Exchange-Thermal and Optical Characterization

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
96029
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
01 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000676
Small Business Information
Architectural Applications Llc
4109 NE Davis Street Portland, OR 97232-3444
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Building-Integrated Enthalpy Exchange-Thermal and Optical Characterization
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-11ER86475
Award Amount: $937,833.00
 

Abstract:

Energy consumption in the US increased threefold over the past fifty years, while the energy consumed by US buildings during that same period increased 4.3 X.(USEIA) Architectural Applications (a2) is developing a membrane-based heat and moisture exchanger that reduces the air conditioning energy consumption of buildings in humid climates by 15-30%. The technology outperforms competitors on the market by virtue of its large scale. The large exchanger is manufactured in a panelized form factor and integrated into the building wall system. The hybrid technology provides increased air conditioning efficiency, improved building enclosure thermal performance, and preserves the leasable space otherwise occupied by conventional equipment.a2 led a team that included Lawrence Berkeley national Laboratory (LBL) to validate the air conditioning function of the technology with funding from ARPA-E. In the Phase I stage of this STTR project, a2 once again teamed with LBL to validate the building enclosure performance, with results achieving our expectations in both phases. Having validated the physics, the Phase II project will concern itself with the engineering scale-up and validation, including a demonstration of the technology retrofitted into an existing building. a2 has recently signed a joint development agreement with Phase II teammate dPoint Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of conventional membrane air conditioning exchangers to commercialize this technology through their existing market channels. Hitachi High Technologies has also issued a letter stating their intent to invest during Phase III.

Principal Investigator:

John Breshears
Mr.
503-880-5199
jbreshears@architecturalapplications.com

Business Contact:

John Breshears
Mr.
503-880-5199
jbreshears@architecturalapplications.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Architectural Applications Llc
4109 NE Davis Street Portland, OR 97232-3444

EIN/Tax ID: 274821218
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cycltron Road
Berkeley, CA 94720-
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