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Environmental Energy Technologies Division Wins "R&D 100" Awards for EnergyPlus Software

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R&D Magazine has announced the winners of the 41st annual R&D 100 Awards, honoring the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year. One of the 2003 awards, which have been called the "Oscars of Invention," has gone to the EnergyPlus Building Simulation Program, developed by Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) scientists and their collaborators.

EnergyPlus is a computer program that models expected energy use in commercial and residential buildings. Energy use in buildings accounts for a third of the nation's total energy use and two-thirds of its electricity use. Thus, even small gains in efficiency translate into enormous savings. A predecessor of EnergyPlus called DOE-2 has already saved an estimated $20 billion in energy costs since 1980. Over the next decade EnergyPlus is expected to exceed those savings.

Architects, engineers, and researchers use EnergyPlus to model complex heating, cooling, and lighting systems for innovative buildings that are more energy efficient, more comfortable, and have lower energy costs than traditional buildings. EnergyPlus also calculates indirect environmental effects, such as atmospheric pollutants, associated with a building's energy use. More than 12,000 users have downloaded the free software since it was released. In addition, more than 50 licenses have been issued to collaborative developers, and eight commercial licenses have been issued.

EnergyPlus development was led by Fred Buhl, Joe Huang, and Frederick Winkelmann of EETD. Collaborators include Curtis Pedersen, Richard Liesen, and Richard Strand of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Linda Lawrie of the U.S. Army's Construction Engineering Research Laboratory; Drury Crawley of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Donald Shirey of the Florida Solar Energy Center; Daniel Fisher of Oklahoma State University; William Bahnfleth of Pennsylvania State University; William Beckman of the University of Wisconsin; and Michael Witte and Jason Glazer of GARD Analytics, Inc.

More information:http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/energyplus/ and http://gundog.lbl.gov/


2003 World Technology Award for Energy Goes to Environmental Energy Technologies Division

The World Technology Network (WTN) has announced that the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (EETD) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has won the 2003 World Technology Award for Energy, in the corporate category. Selection as a winner also means that Berkeley Lab's EETD has been elected as a corporate member of the WTN. The competition this year included more than 50 innovative companies and organizations involved in creating technologies that have impacts in the real world.

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The WTN is a London-based organization that was created to encourage "serendipity" (happy accidents) among those individuals and companies deemed by their peers to be the most innovative in the technology world.

"We're very pleased to have our nearly 30-year history of research on energy-efficient technology and environmental impacts recognized by the World Technology Network," says Mark Levine, Director of EETD. "We hope that our participation in the WTN will help inspire new avenues of research and development toward increasing the energy efficiency of the global economy." Nominees were identified through an intensive, global process in which current WTN members (primarily winners and finalists of previous awards cycles) nominated and voted for the most innovative candidates in each particular field.

Last year, EETD's Ashok Gadgil won an individual award in the energy category for his achievements in developing energy-efficient technologies.

More information:http://www.wtn.net

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