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Multifunctional Equipment Integration


Developing solutions for grid integration, advanced energy storage and energy conversion systems

The Multifunctional Equipment Integration Group develops state-of-the-art energy-efficient and environmental-friendly solutions for building equipment and focuses on grid integration, advanced energy storage, and energy conversion systems. The group leverages novel thermodynamics processes, advanced materials and manufacturing, and process control to advance building equipment. Research conducted includes advanced dehumidification systems and indoor air quality; energy storage solutions integrated into applications such as air conditioning and water heating; advanced heat exchanger design for applications including heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration;  modular power generation and desalination; energy efficient appliances; natural gas and hybrid fuel driven equipment and integrated solutions for direct carbon dioxide capture using air handling systems for buildings. The group has the unique ability to develop solutions for critical problems by utilizing advanced materials and manufacturing processes, advanced computational and neutron resources.

Research sponsors include the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), and multiple industries. The group has been working actively with several original equipment manufacturers in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry to provide unprecedented solutions. The group also supports the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC) a DOE user facility for advanced building technologies. There are many ways to work with the group including Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs), or user agreements.