Critical technological challenges impact the cost and performance of decarbonized space- and water- heating solutions. This project is a multi-institution effort to develop, model, fabricate, and test different strategies for combi heat pumps (HP) with phase change material thermal energy storage (PCM TES) for multifamily residential buildings in cold climates. Our research group will lead modeling and simulation efforts to optimize component design and system operation. In addition to this computational investigation, interested students will have opportunities to engage with project collaborators that are conducting market research, laboratory experiments, and field evaluations to advance this technology.
Students interested in this project would be the first cohort in this research group, and have the opportunity to shape the lab culture for their peers to come. The goal of this project, and the group collectively, is to apply engineering principles and humanitarian values to develop decarbonized building and district energy systems. Recognizing that the climate crisis disproportionately impacts people with lesser socioeconomic capital, our research portfolio will center energy equity and environmental justice. This project specifically aims to advance heat pump space- and water-heating for multifamily communities in cold climates burdened by high energy costs.