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BEL Partners are Exploring Innovative Water Heater Options for Multifamily Applications; Working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory on New Technologies
Electrification Strategies LLC, a strategic partner of BEL, and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced on September 19 that they have signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) to explore the feasibility and benefits of electric heat pump water heating technologies for multifamily buildings in cold climates.
The research will analyze the performance of a centralized packaged water heating system that is manufactured domestically by Steffes LLC, a North Dakota-based company.
The research advances electrification of water heating systems as a strategy for reducing carbon dioxide emissions associated with buildings. Researchers will model the benefits of the electric water heating system for consumers, the environment, and grid reliability. Reducing costs of water heating in multifamily buildings will benefit low- and moderate-income families living in disadvantaged neighborhoods where these buildings predominate.
The research focuses on the technology’s potential for energy efficiency, load shifting and suitability for electrification in different climate zones, with an emphasis on enabling systems that can perform effectively in cold climates.