This project will develop test procedures of alternative refrigerants for flammability and energy savings characterization and to develop a favorability index of end-use market segments and equipment types based on potential GHG savings impact and commercial feasibility and adoption.
The activities funded by the agreement will not cause a direct physical change in the environment or a reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment b/c they would involve bench testing of refrigeration equipment in the existing LBNL Refrigeration Test Chamber, Air Conditioner and Heat Pump Test Facilities, and Combustion Lab.
The Refrigeration test chamber is capable of testing as many as four full-sized commercial refrigerators simultaneously, and at least that number of smaller appliances. The chamber also has an automatic data acquisition system to provide conditioned power and measure both power and temperature during testing.
The AC and Heat Pump test facilities include: 1) a psychrometric chamber, and 2) a balanced calorimeter chamber. Researchers use these to test and assess the performance and efficiency of AC equipment.
The combustion lab can accommodate refrigerant combustion property testing, as the facility is already being used to measure fundamental combustion properties of transportation fuels. Additionally, this facility is equipped to record performance and emissions measurements from a variety of combustion technologies.