Saeed Moghaddam, Ph.D., Knox T. Millsaps professor of the UF Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, along with industry and organizational partners, has received a $1.89M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The group will be developing a breakthrough cooling and heating system based on a technology invented at UF’s Nanostructured Energy Systems Laboratories (NESLabs) directed by Moghaddam.
In undertaking this project, Moghaddam and his team are filling a critical gap in achieving a more renewable energy future. Traditional cooling and heat pumping systems that are at the heart of HVAC technology on the market today use electricity-driven compressors. An alternative heat-driven system, invented by Ferdinand Carré in 1858, existed and remained popular through the early 1900s but was replaced by compressor-based systems due to their higher efficiency, lower cost, and robustness. Inventions by Moghaddam’s team address these shortcomings of Carré’s system and provide efficiency comparable to the electricity-driven compressors.Learn more about UF Engineers Develop HVAC Powered by Multiple Energy Sources.