INNOVATIVE THERMAL SUPERINSULATION FOR REFRIGERATORS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 14443
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1991
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
10900 Carnegie Ave #450, Cleveland, OH, 44106
DUNS: N/A
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Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Bradley L Phillip
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (216) 791-3133
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
REFRIGERATOR AND FREEZER MANUFACTURERS ARE FACING THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DESIGN AND ENGINEERING CHALLENGES IN THEIR HISTORY. THE CHLOROFLUOROCARBONS (CFCS) USED IN THE COMPRESSOR AND CABINET WALLS, ONCE HAILED AS NEARLY IDEAL COMPOUNDS FOR SAFETY, EFFICIENCY, AND INERTNESS, HAVE BEEN FOUND TO CATALYZE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE EARTH'S PROTECTIVE OZONE LAYER AND ARE SCHEDULED TO BE VIRTUALLY ELIMINATED IN THE NEXT DECADE. AT THE SAME TIME THAT MANUFACTURERS MUST REDESIGN FOR THE ELIMINATION OF CFCS, GOVERNMENT- MANDATED APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS CALL FORA 25% REDUCTION IN ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION IN 1993, WITH PROPOSALS OF 50 TO 60% REDUCTIONS IN 1996-1998. THE GOAL OFTHIS PHASE I RESEARCH PROJECT IS TO DEMONSTRATE A NOVEL SUPERINSULATION THAT (1) IS CAPABLE OF ACHIEVING INSULATING VALUES OF AT LEAST R-20 PER INCH WITH AN UPSIDE TECHNICAL POTENTIAL OF R-40 PER INCH, (2) CONTAINS NO CFCS, AND (3) ISECONOMIC AT CURRENT ELECTRICITY PRICES. THOUGH THIS INSULATION SYSTEM CANNOT EXCEED THE PERFORMANCE OF THE BEST MULTILAYER VACUUM INSULATION SYSTEMS, ITS PRICE-TO-PERFORMANCE RATIOS AND LONG LIFE PROPERTIES ARE BETTER THAN THE BEST MULTILAYER VACUUM SYSTEMS, POWDER INSULATIONS, AND AEROGELS CURRENTLY KNOWN.

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