Recovery Act - Development of a Novel Air Conditioning and Refrigeration System Based on Bernoulli Effect, with Zero Direct Greenhouse Impact.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$999,962.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
02-10ER85664
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase II
Agency Tracking Number:
92334
Solicitation Topic Code:
01 a
Small Business Information
Machflow Energy, Inc.
950 Main St., Worcester, MA, 01610
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
005794806
Principal Investigator
 Sergei Ivanov
 Dr.
 (508) 793-7759
 sivanov@machflow.com
Business Contact
 Charles Agosta
Title: Dr.
Phone: (508) 793-7736
Email: cagosta@machflow.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Most of the current commercially available refrigeration systems use a fluorocarbon based refrigerant such as R134 that has a significant total equivalent global warming impact. A large part of the global warming impact comes from the unavoidable release of the refrigerant into the atmosphere. There are other approaches to refrigeration, such as Transcritical CO2, Peltier Cells, and Sterling Coolers, but they are often expensive, inefficient, and heavy.Machflow Energy, Inc. is developing new cooling and heat transfer technology based on the Bernoulli Principle. The technology can work in a closed cycle where the refrigerant (noble gasses with no ill effects on the environment) is always in the gas phase and also the manufacturing cost of the system is inexpensive due to small number of components. Our goal for Phase II projects is to build a functioning building air conditioner prototype that can then be modified for manufacturing.In Phase I of this project demonstrated key improvements of the performance of our system. We set up a rapid development system where we can quickly move from computer simulations, to building prototype parts, to experimental verification. Finally, we developed a Phase II development plan. Our goal for Phase II projects is to build a functioning building air conditioner prototype that can then be modified for manufacturing. To achieve this goal we plan to improve efficiencies of three main components of the system

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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