University of Maryland gets $500,000 grant from Energy Department

Research is on environmentally friendly cooling systems

July 12, 2010|By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun

The University of Maryland received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy on Monday for research on environmentally friendly cooling systems. The grant was part of $92 million awarded to 43 projects that the department says will speed innovation in "green" technologies.

"These innovative ideas will play a critical role in our energy security and economic growth," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a statement. "It is now more important than ever to invest in a new, clean energy economy."

The University of Maryland research aspires to show the commercial potential of space cooling systems that are less dependent on fluids believed to contribute to global warming.

The proposal, titled "Thermoelastic Cooling," was submitted by UM scientists Ichiro Takeuchi and Manfred Wuttig, who say their approach could increase air conditioner efficiency by 175 percent and thus reduce utility bills and carbon emissions.

The $92 million in grants will come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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