NYSERDA announces $4 million in funding for innovative HVAC systems


The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced up to $4 million in funding for research and development of innovative heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems for buildings.

The funding will be issued through the Next Generation Innovation Challenges.

The aim is to bring new HVAC systems to the market to help the state save more energy and achieve sustainability goals set under the New Green Deal programme.

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New York has set a goal to reduce its energy use by 185TBtus by 2025.

The funding will support four innovation challenges including:

  • Advanced Heat Pumps: Proposals should focus on developing and commercializing new classes of heat pumps that will operate efficiently in cold climates.
  • Efficient Thermal Distribution: Proposals should focus on innovative solutions to improve the performance of forced air, hydronic distribution, and steam distribution systems, split-system heat pumps, or new innovative solutions for efficient thermal distribution.  
  • Technology Transfer to the New York Market: Proposals should identify advanced HVAC products commercially available outside the US that could be transferred to the New York State market.
  • Energy Pods: Proposals should focus on integrating the heating, cooling, ventilation, dehumidification and domestic hot water needs of a dwelling unit into a compact form and designed to serve individual units. 

NYSERDA will accept concept papers focusing on any of the four innovation challenges through December 12, 2019.  This is the fourth round of NYSERDA’s Next Generation HVAC Challenges since launch in 2017.

Alicia Barton, CEO of NYSERDA, said, “To meet Governor Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy targets, we must think outside the box by incorporating new, innovative technologies into our building stock to drive down energy demand and reduce harmful emissions. The Next Generation Innovation Challenges will provide companies with support to develop New York’s next generation of HVAC technologies to help us increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address some of our most pressing environmental and energy issues.”