University of Vermont

Jeffords Hall

Polar Power

Project Timeline: 
June, 2014
Project Progress: 

Project Category: Research/Study

Why use electricity to power mechanical, compressor-based refrigeration systems when cold, fresh air can cool a refrigerated space for free? This project involves a feasibility review of potential systems that could monitor outside and inside temperatures and bring, fresh, filtered outside air into a cooler during the winter. When outside air is used for cooling, conventional mechanical refrigeration system components are shut off and do not consume any energy. The savings in energy, reduced wear and tear on system components and money are significant.

CEF Award: $4,500

Project Champions: UVM Dining Services


Original Proposal


2/2016: This project will continue to be evaluated at appropriate locations across campus and for all future major renovations and capital projects, which include dining facilities. No locations have been identified at this time as meeting the criteria.

9/2014: Locations under consideration at this time. 


2014 CEF Presentation: Polar Power from UVM Sustain on Vimeo.