Taylor Commercial Foodservice is one of five companies from various sectors to collaborate with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on improving the energy performance of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems and investigating climate-friendly alternative refrigerants.
Through collaborative research and development agreements, scientists at the Department of Energy’s only designated national user facility for buildings research – the Building Technologies Research and Integration Center at ORNL – will conduct research and development with the five partner companies.
As well as Taylor, participants include the National Automatic Merchandising Association, Taylor Emerson Climate Technologies, Enginuity Power Systems and Baltimore Aircoil Company.
Improving the energy efficiency of buildings and equipment is a priority for DOE’s Building Technologies Office because the 127 million buildings in the United States consume nearly 40% of the nation’s total energy at a cost of $415 billion annually, accounting for 36% of carbon emissions.
BTO’s goal is to create marketable technologies and design approaches that address energy consumption in existing and new buildings to reduce the average energy use in all U.S. buildings by 30% by 2030.
“We are pleased to apply the expertise and capabilities of Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop energy-saving technologies in collaboration with these industry leaders,” said Moe Khaleel, associate laboratory director for Energy and Environmental Sciences at ORNL.
“These collaborations are just the beginning of what we anticipate being a record number of industry partnerships over the next year to develop breakthroughs for energy-efficient buildings and a more secure, resilient power grid.”
Taylor is focused on developing climate-friendly refrigerants for food processing and dispensing machines in quick service restaurants and food retail.
Stephen Wadle, senior project engineer at Taylor Commercial Foodservice, said: “More than three million refrigerated food/beverage processing, dispensing and vending machines in the US consume up to 70% of energy through the compressor. By working with ORNL, we will be able to develop environmentally-friendly refrigerant solutions that meet domestic and international expectations.”