Annapolis company wins $64,000 grant for heat pump work...


March 26, 2001

Annapolis company wins $64,000 grant for heat pump work

Energy Concepts Company, based in Annapolis, received a $64,000 grant to work with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on a controller for a new heat-activated heat pump that will reduce pollution.

Donald C. Erickson, president of Energy Concepts, said the heat pump will provide a 33 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and in fuel consumption during winter, and a 10 percent reduction in summer compared to traditional heat pumps.

M. Anjanappa, professor of mechanical engineering at UMBC, is working to develop the heat pump's control system using a chip-based micro-controller to automate the process of starting, stopping, monitoring and online control.

The Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program receives more than 30 applicants a year and funds about half of them. Grantees have to contribute about a third of the university's contribution, in addition to in-kind research. Program grants can be as much as $100,000. Energy Concepts received its funding late last month.

BankAnnapolis moves into Parole Town Center

BankAnnapolis has moved into its $5.75 million headquarters and main branch building in Parole Town Center, across from Annapolis Mall. And its lion is back.

A lighted sign atop the original building on West Street featured the bank's lion logo, leading many to refer to the bank simply as "the bank with the lion." That logo has been displayed again in lights at the top of the new building.

The move aims to send the community a signal that BankAnnapolis is a local bank, the bank said. Before moving, the bank changed its name from Annapolis National Bank to BankAnnapolis, and switched from a federal to a state charter.


New director: Majid Mafi has been named director of plant operations for Ginger Cove, a retirement community in Annapolis. He will oversee management of the grounds and buildings.

New executive: Martin F. O'Neill has been appointed as chief executive officer at Canal Bridge Consulting, a Bethesda-based firm that implements strategies to improve business processes. The Arnold resident was president and CEO of CTX Corp., a knowledge-engineering company in Cabin John, Md.

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