Building Equipment Research

Building Equipment Research

The Building Equipment Research Group uses extensive experimental facilities, advanced hardware based design models, and incorporation of emerging materials, to help industry launch some of the energy-efficient building equipment technologies on the market today. Research areas include: vapor compression cycles, appliances, water heaters, heat pumps, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, refrigeration systems.

Building Equipment Research

Publications

Experimental and analytical evaluation of a hydro-pneumatic compressed-air Ground-Level Integrated Diverse Energy Storage (GLIDES) system

In recent times, there has been a significant increase in intermittent renewable electricity capacity additions to the generation mix. This, coupled with an aging electrical grid that is poorly...

Efficiency analysis of semi-open sorption heat pump systems

Sorption systems traditionally fall into two categories: closed (for chilling and heat pumping) and open (for dehumidification). Recent work has explored the possibility of semi-open systems, which...

Thermal analysis of near-isothermal compressed gas energy storage system

Due to the increasing generation capacity of intermittent renewable electricity sources and an electrical grid ill-equipped to handle the mismatch between electricity generation and use, the need for...

Capabilities & Research Areas

Since the 1970s, ORNL has executed numerous equipment technology research and development collaborations with industry and university partners. Through use of extensive experimental facilities, advanced hardware based design models, and incorporation of emerging materials, our research has helped industry launch some of the most energy-efficient building equipment technologies on the market today.

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Brian A Fricke

Research and Development Staff

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