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CANCELED: Can Next-Gen AC Technology be the key to Grid-Interactive Buildings and a Carbon-Free Grid?
March 12, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
This Research & Technology Forum has been canceled. Visit syracuse.edu/coronavirus for more information on SU’s COVID-19 prevention protocol. Stay well!
“Growing demand for air conditioning is one of the most critical blind spots in today’s energy debate.” ~ Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA)
Building cooling accounts for 20% of the total electricity used in buildings worldwide. And, this consumption is growing fast. If present trends continue, air conditioning electricity demand is expected to triple by 2050. This energy consumption is not just problematic due to its magnitude but also due to its concentration. Peak electrical demand in buildings is driven by air conditioning. This causes grid congestion and it determines the sizing of the infrastructure required to provide power to buildings by utilities. This is a specially relevant problem given the general desire to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in the utility sector by adopting renewable power into the energy mix. Air conditioning’s peak consumption poses significant challenges given the transient nature of renewable energy generation. The mismatch between air conditioning peak demand periods and solar generation is a significant driver of battery markets.
Blue Frontier has developed a novel air conditioner that is specifically designed to solve air conditioning challenges. This novel air conditioning system consumes 60% less energy than conventional systems. Moreover, the system stores electrical energy in the form of a high concentration salt-solution. With this, the air conditioner can consume power only when renewable energy is available in the grid or in the building, while not affecting the comfort of building inhabitants. The combined effect is multiplicative towards reducing utility infrastructure and operational costs, while at the same time reducing building energy needs.
In this seminar, Blue Frontier CEO, Dr. Daniel Betts, will discuss the technical operation of the company’s air conditioning technology and its effect on utility and building energy and operational costs. He will also discuss how the Company is developing the product so that it can break the principal market structures that disincentivize the adoption of high efficiency air conditioners and behind the meter energy storage solutions.
This forum will be moderated by Adam Walburger, Vice President of Frontier Energy.
Dr. Daniel A. Betts
CEO and Co-Founder, Blue Frontier, LLC.
Dr. Daniel A. Betts has worked in the development and study of advanced energy systems since 1997, starting as a graduate student at the University of Florida, where he obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering & thermal sciences. Prior to Blue Frontier, Dr. Betts was the President of EnerFuel, Inc., which developed fuel cell systems for the automotive and telecom sector. While at EnerFuel he led the development of next-generation fuel cell-battery hybrid concept vehicles and of multi-fuel electrochemical power systems for telecom towers. Dr. Betts was also the founder and CEO of Be Power Tech, Inc., which developed fuel cell coupled air conditioning systems that transformed HVAC into power generating devices. The unique insight obtained from working in both the power generation, distributed power, and air conditioning sector led to the founding of Blue Frontier, which has as its mission to apply technology and innovative business models that will unlock a sustainable building revolution.