January 11 HVAC&R Industry Newsletter T1
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Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today
January 11, 2024
Screams were heard from within a wall at a Georgia county jail last week, triggering security concerns and confusion by prison guards. Clayton County Sheriff Levon Allen said the man attempted his escape through the HVAC system of the facility. “This is just unbelievable," Allen said. "That young man did something that nobody has done in 24 years.” Now, the sheriff is putting new security measures in place in hopes of preventing this from happening again. Read more
The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has teamed with Microsoft to use high-performance computing in the cloud and advanced AI to accelerate scientific discovery and meet global clean energy goals. The newly executed agreement between the two organizations formalizes the next phase of PNNL’s ongoing relationship with Microsoft. Over the next several years, the Microsoft-PNNL partnership envisions a transformative journey toward breakthroughs in scientific discovery and sustainable energy. Read more
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PNNL and Microsoft will leverage AI, cloud and high-performance computing to accelerate scientific discovery in a new multi-year collaboration. Photo source: Cortland Johnson | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Carrier Global Corporation announced entry into a binding term sheet with Montana Technologies LLC to develop and commercialize Montana's AirJoule dehumidification and cooling technology. Further, Carrier has conditionally committed $10 million in growth equity into Montana to foster commercialization of AirJoule technology. Read more
 
 
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that four additional heat pump manufacturers successfully produced heat pump prototypes as part of the Residential Cold Climate Heat Pump (CCHP) Technology Challenge, a DOE initiative to accelerate the deployment of heat pump technologies. Launched in 2021, this initiative brings together public and private sector stakeholders to address technical challenges and market barriers to adopting next-generation cold-climate heat pumps. Read more
 
 
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By Andy Pearson, Ph.D., C.Eng., Fellow Member ASHRAE
Columnist Andy Pearson coins a new term for the ever-popular heat pump—the “heat elevator.” Download here
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ASHRAE has unveiled the preliminary technical program for its highly anticipated 2024 ASHRAE Winter Conference, taking place January 20-24, 2024, in Chicago, Ill. The technical program can be found online and in the ASHRAE 365 app. With a focus on decarbonization and climate change, the conference will feature 11 technical tracks and over 100 sessions, offering attendees a wealth of knowledge and insights. Participants will have the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) while exploring tracks such as Decarbonization and Climate Change, Clean Spaces and Mission Critical Facilities, Tall Buildings Design, Artificial Intelligence, Refrigeration and Refrigerants and more. Read more
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The Biden administration announced a final rule on Friday that imposes stricter energy efficiency standards for residential refrigerators, freezers and refrigerator-freezers, promising savings and environmental benefits. The new standards for those energy-guzzling consumer appliances, which haven’t been updated in over a decade, will save consumers $36.4 billion over 30 years of shipments, the DOE estimated in a press release. Read more
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