CEE awarded four new CARD projects

Jun 21, 2019

The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently awarded four Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) grants to CEE’s research staff.

CARD funds are used to “identify new technologies or strategies to maximize energy savings, improve the effectiveness of energy conservation programs, or document carbon dioxide reductions from energy conservation projects.” CARD grants exist because the Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 named energy conservation as a key resource to reach the state’s goal of 1.5 percent annual emissions reductions.

$3.6 million is rewarded to projects each year through a request for proposal process (including $1 million for the Center for Sustainable Building Research and Clean Energy Research Teams specifically). In 2019, there were 45 applicants and 12 grants were awarded  — four of which went to CEE’s researchers, for a total of over $1 million. CEE’s new projects vary in timeline and scope, but all of them revolve around innovative energy efficiency measures and technologies.

Revealing New Strategic Market Opportunities for High-Performance Envelope Retrofits

Project lead: Josh Quinnell, Senior Research Engineer
Grant amount: $120,170
This project will assess the opportunities for state-of-the-art, high-performance envelope retrofits on existing single-family homes. Researchers will identify new opportunities to incorporate such envelope retrofits at lower cost, thereby offering existing buildings a feasible pathway to high performance.

Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration Market Assessment

Project lead: Russ Landry, Senior Mechanical Engineer
Grant amount: $226,850
This market study will generate comprehensive information on refrigeration measures and programs in Minnesota's grocery stores, ice arenas, and facilities that store or process cold foods or beverages to help programs increase the savings realized in this sector.

Optimized Installations of Air Source Heat Pumps for Single-Family Homes

Project lead: Ben Schoenbauer, Senior Research Engineer
Grant amount: $360,707
The study will develop and validate design, installation, and operational protocols necessary for cold climate air source heat pumps to achieve high market acceptance and maximum energy savings in single-family homes.

Ductless Cold Climate Heat Pumps for Multifamily Applications

Project lead: Ben Schoenbauer, Senior Research Engineer
Grant amount: $343,940
This study will measure the performance, energy savings, and customer acceptance of ductless cold climate air source heat pumps in the multifamily sector and establish installation protocols to ensure the realization of the technology’s full savings and efficiency potential.