Small Businesses Receive $2 Million to Advance HVAC
The U.S. Department of Energy announced March 20, 2014,
approximately $2 million to advance next generation
water heating technologies developed by America’s small
The two selected Phase II projects—one by Sheetak of
Austin, Texas, and the other by Xergy Inc. of Seaford,
Del.—received awards under the Small Business Innovation
Research (SBIR) program, a government-wide effort to
leverage small businesses’ technical expertise. Sheetak
and Xergy are approaching water heating in entirely new
ways, offering better performance while still placing a
premium on affordability.
SOLID-STATE = SOLID SAVINGS
Sheetak is using its innovative solid-state heat pump
technology to develop a new generation of water heaters.
This thin film, thermoelectric technology has the
potential to significantly reduce the electrical energy
consumed in water heating—without affecting the cost.
Besides water heating, it can also be used in a variety
of other appliances and HVAC systems.
SBIR projects are split into two phases:
•In Phase I, which was completed recently, Sheetak
developed a scaled-down version of a solid-state water
•In Phase II, Sheetak will work on developing a full
scale prototype, using its thin film thermoelectric
Furthermore, Sheetak plans to commercialize its
U.S.-made thermoelectric modules, seeking out both the
domestic and international market. These solid-state
heat pump elements not only have the potential to
dramatically change the way we heat water, but can also
operate quietly and reliably, all at a low cost.
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