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The Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is researching opportunities to make homes safer and more efficient through the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR).
Mechanical Solutions, Inc. (MSI), a small business, is working to increase the energy efficiency of a radon mitigation technology that helps improve indoor air quality and reduce wasted energy. Using Computational Fluid Dynamics, the radon fan was redesigned and is estimated to reduce energy consumption by a minimum of 25% compared to state-of-the-art units. After completing a successful Phase I SBIR for the Building Technologies Office, Mechanical Solutions was recently awarded a Phase II SBIR contract. This will enable a more detailed and optimal design to be developed, tested, and prepared for market with MSI’s radon fan commercialization partner, Fantech.