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Trane Technologies participates in DOE’s rooftop heat pump challenge

Trane Technologies is taking part in the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Commercial Building Heat Pump Technology Challenge.

Aerial view of HVAC system on the roof top of an office building.
Aerial view of HVAC system on the roof top of an office building. - Image © AlexGo - Adobe Stock.

This new initiative is designed to advance the adoption of cost-effective, next-generation heat pump rooftop units and cut carbon emissions. With a goal to bring more efficient and affordable rooftop heat pump technologies to market as soon as 2027, the challenge has the potential to cut both emissions and energy costs in half when compared to natural gas-fueled heat pumps.

Partnering with the DOE and its national laboratories to create prototypes, test product performance and durability and conduct field trials, Trane Technologies will leverage its expertise to develop new low-emissions heat pump rooftop units to help organizations meet their energy efficiency needs and decarbonization goals.

“As the urgent need for clean technologies in addressing climate change becomes increasingly clear, we are proud to partner with the DOE in transforming the way the world heats and cools buildings, while dramatically reducing energy use and carbon emissions in the process,” said Holly Paeper, president, Commercial HVAC Americas, Trane Technologies. “Together, we can revolutionize the industry, reduce the carbon footprint of our communities and increase energy efficiency with more sustainable, cost-effective solutions.”

Trane Technologies also participated in the DOE’s Residential Cold Climate Heat Pump Challenge, during which the company’s Trane prototype performed in temperatures as low as -23°F – surpassing the mandatory -20°F DOE requirement. Following nearly two years of field trials, Trane’s prototype continues to run in extremely cold temperatures.