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DOE announces US$169mn to accelerate US heat pump manufacturing

As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a historic US$169 million for nine projects to accelerate electric heat pump manufacturing at 15 sites across the country.

An air source heat pump
An air source heat pump - Image © kardaska - Adobe Stock.

The selected projects are the first awards from DOE’s authorization, invoked by President Biden using emergency authority on the basis of climate change, to utilize the Defense Production Act (DPA) to increase domestic production of five key clean energy technologies, including electric heat pumps.

The projects will collectively create over 1,700 jobs in disadvantaged communities, supporting President Biden’s goals of spurring economic growth and maximizing the benefits of clean energy to all communities.

“The President is using his wartime emergency powers under the Defense Production Act to turbocharge US manufacturing of clean technologies and strengthen our energy security,” said President Biden’s National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi. “This acceleration of electric heat pump manufacturing also shows how President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is advancing American innovation, cutting energy bills for hardworking families, and tackling the climate crisis – a win, win for our economy, our workers, and our planet.”


The lead organizations with their proposed project locations and technologies are:

  • Armstrong International Inc – Three Rivers, Michigan – industrial heat pumps
  • Bard Manufacturing Company – Madison, Georgia – single package vertical unit air conditioning and heat pumps
  • Copeland LP – Sidney, Ohio; Ava, Missouri; Lebanon, Missouri; and Cudahy, Wisconsin – compressors (heat pump component)
  • Honeywell International – Geismar, Louisiana – refrigerant (heat pump component)
  • Hydro Temp Corporation – Pocahontas, Arkansas; and Albany, New York – geothermal heat pumps
  • Ice Air, LLC – Spartanburg, South Carolina – cold climate heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps
  • Mitsubishi Electric US Inc – Kentucky – compressors (heat pump component)
  • Gradient – Michigan – easy-to-install room heat pumps
  • York International Corporation – Wichita, Kansas; Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; and San Antonio, Texas – residential and commercial heat pumps.