ROCKLEDGE, Fla. — Mainstream Engineering has announced an air conditioning efficiency-related contract with the U.S. Army.

The contract is to develop a thermal energy storage device to improve the efficiency of air conditioning units.

According to a statement from the company, “Military air conditioners are one of the greatest consumers of electricity in forward operating bases located in the Middle East. Even small increases in efficiency can lead to significant reductions in generator fuel consumption, fuel transport safety, and comfort. The climate at military bases can be highly variable and shelter cooling loads can vary by a factor of 20 during a single day. This scenario is ideal for load shifting and energy reduction using thermal energy storage.

“Mainstream is developing an add-on thermal storage device for air conditioning systems that can reduce daily energy consumption by 9 percent.”

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Publication date: 10/27/2014

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