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February 2013 Issue

PNNL, Infinia Awarded DoD Grants to Keep Troops Cool While Using Less Fuel


A new, energy-efficient air chilling system could keep troops on the front lines cool while using about half as much diesel as current systems. The Department of Defense awarded almost $2.8 million to PNNL, and in a separate grant, almost $1.8 million to Kennewick-based Infinia Technology Corp. for research on systems that would more efficiently heat or cool buildings. The system's decreased fuel consumption could also save lives by reducing attacks on American soldiers who deliver fuel to field operations. PNNL's project was among five awarded a total of $8.5 million to improve the efficiency of battlefield heating and air conditioning systems by 20 to 50 percent. Read more...

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