MaxTech and Beyond: Ultra-Low Energy Appliance Design Competition Web Presentation May 23—Public Invited

May 2012

Nine groups of university students will present their prototypes for the next generation of energy-efficient appliances and commercial equipment on May 23 by webinar hosted at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. This event is the culmination of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Max Tech and Beyond Competition, which challenged the nation’s universities to submit proposals for advanced efficient appliances.

In 2011, a team of judges from Berkeley Lab evaluated the proposals and elected to fund nine teams with up to $20,000 each to create prototypes of their proposed devices. During the 2011-12 academic year, the teams developed their prototypes.

On May 23, 11 am to 2 pm Pacific Time, the general public is invited to watch via the Web along with a judging panel at Berkeley Lab and DOE headquarters in Washington as each team demonstrates their prototypes. To watch any part of the competition log in at the broadcast audio link below.

 Broadcast Audio:

 Learn more at the MaxTech and Beyond website.


Schedule of presentations

Tentative time-line (PST):

11:00 - 11:15  Introduction (Karina Garbesi and Stacy Pratt, with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and U.S. Department of Energy Judges)

11:15 - 11:30  Advanced Controls for Ultra-Efficient Supermarket Refrigeration Systems (Texas A&M University)

11:30 - 12:00 An Energy Efficient, Hybrid Air/Water Conditioning Appliance (Ohio State University)

12:00 - 12:15 Separate Sensible and Latent Cooling System (University of Maryland)

12:15 - 12:30 Inexpensive Tracking Solar Concentrator (Cal Poly)

12:30 - 12:45 Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic Panel for Pool Heating (Cal Poly)

12:45- 1:00 Break

1:00 - 1:15 Full spectrum LED lighting (Cornell University)

1:15 - 1:30 Efficient Lighting System via Automated Control of Blind Angle and LED Light Bulbs (Santa Clara University)

1:30 - 1:45 Reduction in Energy Use in Electric Clothes Dryers (Santa Clara University)

1:45 - 2:00 Natural Gas Fired Combination Water Heater & Clothes Dryer (Marquette University)

Following a 12-minute presentation by each team, the judges and competing teams will ask questions of presenters through open phone lines. 

For more information, contact Stacy Pratt,

Allan Chen