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Pacific Northwest Laboratory seeks partners to test new technologies

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March 19, 1993 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory is announcing opportunities for U.S. manufacturers, utilities, federal agencies and research and trade organizations to participate in demonstrations of new U.S. technologies in 1993. PNL, through DOE's Federal Energy Management Program, is seeking partners in each of these sectors to collaboratively install, test and monitor new energy-efficient technologies at federal sites.

This year's demonstrations will target three specific areas: advanced controls to supplement the energy cost savings potential for thermal storage systems; high performance glazing of windows to reduce heat transfer; and geothermal or water-source heat pumps. Demonstrations will evaluate recently commercialized U.S. technologies for their energy and cost savings potential at a federal site. Subsequent federal use of these technologies also can advance our nation's industrial competitiveness and stimulate the economy.

Demonstrations are targeted at U.S. manufacturers who want to demonstrate the performance of these technologies at a federal site; utilities wanting to encourage use of these technologies; federal sites interested in applying these technologies to reduce energy consumption and related costs; and research and trade organizations interested in fostering increased markets for their members.

These collaborative opportunities are made available through FEMP's test bed demonstration program designed to introduce and apply energy- efficient technologies at federal facilities in a fast and cost-effective manner. Currently, several years of commercial use is common before a new technology is readily applied at federal facilities. The test bed program brings the technology to a federal site producing test data to support federal purchase in a timely manner.

Those interested in these test bed demonstrations should send a written request for a solicitation packet to: Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Attn: Robert Willard, P.O. Box 999, Mail Stop K1-38, Richland, WA 99352. Responses to the solicitation must be received by May 15, 1993.

PNL is the lead laboratory for FEMP, designed to provide assistance to federal agencies in planning and implementing energy-saving programs at federal facilities. The first test bed, organized through FEMP by PNL, is completing its first year of operation at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where two, gas-powered rooftop air conditioning units are being evaluated. Preliminary results indicate an energy savings of more than $120,000 over the life of the installation. Test bed partners at Willow Grove include PNL, the Thermo King Corporation, the American Gas Cooling Center, Philadelphia Electric Company and the Naval Air Station.


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