Eco-AC – National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Team Members 
Principal Investigator: Chuck Booten, senior engineer
Entrepreneurial Lead: Jon Winkler, senior engineer
Industry Mentor: Ed Williams, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network in Colorado

Technology Description

Eco-AC is a modular air conditioning solution intended to replace current window air conditioners. Units are installed by drilling one or two small holes in an exterior wall and clamping the evaporator and condenser to each other, eliminating the eyesore of traditional window air conditioner units while maintaining a simple installation. This also reduces air leakage while improving operating efficiency and comfort. Eco-AC includes multiple patent-pending components developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The team members hope Energy I-Corps will help them capitalize on the poor aesthetics of window air conditioners, lack of differentiation between current products, and lack of brand-awareness/loyalty while targeting homeowners, property managers, and rental tenants.