Max Tech & Beyond: Design Competition for Ultra-Low-Energy-Use Appliances and Equipment

May 2013

Eight faculty-led student teams from U.S. Universities will present their innovative prototype designs and testing results of energy-efficient appliances and commercial equipment through a national Webinar hosted by the Energy Efficiency Standards Group. This event, in its second year, is the culmination of the U.S. Department of Energy's funded Max Tech Design Competition, which offered an opportunity for universities across the nation to submit proposals that challenged them to find energy savings solutions for the next generation of advanced efficient appliances.

A team of judges from Berkeley Lab evaluated the proposals and elected to fund these 8 teams with up to $20,000 each. During the 2012-13 academic year, the teams have developed and tested their prototypes.

On Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 11 am to 2 pm Pacific Time (PDT), the general public is invited to view the webinar, during which, each team will demonstrate the energy and/or cost savings of their efficient technologies to a panel of expert judges from the private sector, Berkeley Lab and DOE headquarters in Washington. Following a 12-minute presentation by each team, the judges and the LBNL management team will ask questions of presenters through open phone lines.

To watch the competition, log in at this broadcast audio link:

For further information about this event please contact the Berkeley Lab management team at, or visit the Max Tech & Beyond website.