By Baltimore Business Journal

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded the University of Maryland a $500,000 grant to research the viability of an environmentally friendly cooling method.

The University of Maryland is working on the project with GE Global Research and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The projects aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of space cooling systems that use fewer fluids.

The grant was one of 43 awards divvied out by the Department of Energy, totaling $92 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects seek to change how the U.S. generates, stores and utilizes energy.

⿿These innovative ideas will play a critical role in our energy security and economic growth,⿝ Steven Chu, secretary of the Department of Energy, said in a statement. ⿿It is now more important than ever to invest in a new, clean energy economy.⿝

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