Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Technologies and Practices to Improve Energy Efficiency:Technologies and Practices to Improve Energy Eff(ST4610-1)

American Council for an Energy Efficient


In 1993, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) published a study that examined emerging technologies recently commercialized or expected to be commercialized over the next decade. Technologies examined included appliances; lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); water heating; drivepower; office equipment; and miscellaneous end-uses. The study was updated in this project, and expanded to include energy-saving practices and technologies; technologies appropriate for various geographic areas; additional existing, but underused technologies; fuel-switching technologies, and oil- and propane-saving technologies and practices.

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Project Description

This work will identify new research and demonstration projects that could help advance high-priority emerging technologies, and identify potential new targets for market transformation activities.


This project will develop public-benefit information about the status and viability of numerous emerging technologies. This information will help to focus new market-transformation activities, and new research and development projects that can advance high-priority emerging technologies.

Project Results

Detailed analyses of the status and viability of 80 energy technologies were completed. These analyses were used to categorize the readiness of the technologies for widespread deployment. Twelve of the 80 technologies were determined to be high-priority technologies for deployment, including high-efficiency vertical-axis clothes washers, reduced-cost high-efficiency compact fluorescent lamps, and integrated commercial building design techniques. Technologies identified as having a lower priority for deployment included residential adsorption heat pumps, ozonated commercial laundering, and daylighting devices. Appropriate next steps for advancing high- and medium-priority technologies are proposed. Recommended next steps to advance new technologies include research and development and demonstrations for high-efficiency vertical axis clothes washers; testing and demonstrating of integrated commercial building design techniques; and testing and education for reduced-cost high-efficiency compact fluorescent lamps.


American Council for an Energy Efficient
529 14th Street, NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20045

Principle Investigator

Steven Nadel

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Research Study

Technologies Types:

Building Systems

NYSERDA Contact Information

Robert Carver


R&D - Buildings Research

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST4610-1

Last Updated: 8/27/2012