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Better heat pumps for commercial buildings are coming soon

Alison F. Takemura of Canary Media reports on a new public-private program to deploy better heat pumps.

The C3 Take
  • The U.S. Department of Energy has launched a public-private program called the Commercial Building Heat Pump Accelerator to spur the development and deployment of more cost-effective and efficient cold-climate heat pumps for commercial buildings like stores, schools, offices, and hospitals.
  • The accelerator brings together major manufacturers like Carrier, Trane, and Lennox along with commercial partners like Amazon and Ikea to develop prototypes of advanced rooftop heat pump units, with a goal of getting new models to market as soon as 2027.
  • Widespread adoption of heat pumps in commercial buildings could reduce their carbon emissions and energy costs by up to 50% compared to fossil fuel systems, saving an estimated $5 billion in utility bills annually while helping meet national climate goals.

“Ten commercial partners have joined the accelerator, including retailers Amazon, Ikea, Target and Whole Foods, as well as the Los Angeles Unified School District. They’ve promised to be early adopters, and may well be test beds for heat-pump prototypes, though they haven’t yet made any firm commitments as to how many newly developed offerings they’ll purchase, Vargas told Canary Media.”

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