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UDaily: Fuel-cell technology provides new approach to energy-efficient heating and refrigeration

UDaily: Fuel-cell technology provides new approach to energy-efficient heating and refrigeration

Fuel cell technology has attracted a lot of attention recently for its potential to revolutionize the transportation sector by decreasing our use of fossil fuels and reducing emissions that contribute to climate change. But it turns out that the same technology can also be used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) applications, which account for about half of the energy use in a typical U.S. home.

Xergy Inc., a high-tech startup in Seaford, Delaware, recently announced an innovative refrigeration system based on an electrochemical compressor to replace the conventional mechanical vapor compression systems found in typical heat pump units.

The company credits the University of Delaware’s Ajay Prasad and his team with playing an important role in the breakthrough.