Connecticut launches pilot program to reduce carbon footprint aimed at delivering energy cost savings


Budderfly’s UHP HVAC system decouples the traditional rooftop HVAC unit into two components: energy recovery ventilator and variable refrigerant flow system | Screengrab Budderfly YouTube video

HARTFORD, CT – Connecticut has launched a pilot program at UConn Health’s Child Care Center using innovative technology to reduce carbon footprint and deliver substantial energy cost savings for government agencies and organizations during a 12-month pilot program.

The technology, developed by Budderfly, will be installed, deployed, and managed by its proprietary High Performance (UHP) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to demonstrate its ability to decarbonize with this technology.

This initiative, funded by Connecticut Innovations (CI) through Governor Ned Lamont’s Innovations Lab, aims to achieve a zero-carbon electric supply by 2040. CI, the state’s strategic venture capital arm and the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative growing companies, will cover initial costs for equipment and installation. Budderfly is a CI portfolio company backed by Partners Group.

“In addition to achieving our broader carbon reduction goals, the successful execution of this pilot will lead the way to the creation of new sustainable infrastructure and renewable energy jobs across the state while deepening our commitment to addressing the climate crisis,” Lamont said. “One of the best parts about this pilot is that we’re able to launch it using technology developed by a company headquartered here in Connecticut.”

According to Budderfly, its UHP solution is an all-electric system that reduces energy costs by separating airflow management from the heating and cooling system. Budderfly said it would also deploy its billing platform at UConn Health to create transparent invoices, validate energy reduction and cost savings, and its full suite of energy management services and software. The pilot showcases the commercial viability and energy-conserving capabilities of Budderfly’s energy solutions for government entities and agencies.

“We are looking forward to demonstrating how we can reduce energy use and costs right here in our home state,” Al Subbloie, founder and CEO of Budderfly, said. “UConn Health’s Child Care Center is currently heated with natural gas and the pilot will eliminate the use of this fossil fuel in favor of heat pump technology and a reduced total energy footprint.”

–With Ricky Rillera/PDM

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