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Wednesday 23 June 2021

New opportunities in NY: apply for NYSERDA’s $50 million Empire Building Challenge

The Empire Building Challenge (EBC) will spur economic growth and renewal in New York by attracting best-in-class manufacturers, solution providers, and entrepreneurs from around the world to help transform existing building stock into the buildings of the future.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the International Cleantech Network (ICN), and EU Techbridge announced the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) designed to enhance collaboration on identifying high-impact solutions to overcome critical barriers to decarbonizing high-rise buildings and stimulate investment in New York State’s clean energy economy. The partnerships will focus primarily on NYSERDA’s $50 million Empire Building Challenge, which is expected to leverage over $250 million in private investment in building upgrades, testing, and technology.

Do you have a solution for the decarbonization of large commercial and residential buildings?


Apply to potentially be selected for 1:1 meetings with NYSERDA to see if your technology can support the Empire Building Challenge. Based on evaluation by NYSERDA, companies may be connected to the real estate owners participating in the Empire Challenge for technology piloting. The first round of applications is open until September 15th!

They are looking for high-impact solution providers in the following technology focus areas:

Advanced Heat Pump Solutions for Large Buildings
Heat pump technology is evolving rapidly. A significant need exists for various format heat pumps to allow for phased decarbonization and eliminate on-site fossil fuel consumption.

  • Cold climate design with start-of-the-art refrigerant (i.e. CO2)
  • High COP heat pumps such as packaged units combining cooling and heating systems to provide simultaneous cooling and heating and energy recovery
  • Geothermal and storage sourced heat pumps
  • Building Energy Distribution Design Innovation
  • Innovations in building energy distribution can reduce heat transfer losses and enable efficient low carbon heating and cooling sources.
  • District thermal network optimization
  • Technology enabling low-temperature water loops
  • Wastewater or condensate heat recovery
  • Steam to hot water distribution system conversion
  • Energy recovery units for ventilation and outside air system

Thermal Storage Technologies
Thermal storage can reduce equipment sizes, enable waste heat utilization, and help overcome electrical capacity constraints with demand flexibility.

  • Phase change material
  • Waste heat recovery storage
  • Ice storage
  • IT and data centre cooling optimization
  • Building-to-Grid integration

Discover more about the Empire Building Challenge HERE
Don’t miss the opportunity!

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