The University of Notre Dame and representatives from Carrier Global Corp. (NYSE: CARR) today celebrated the opening of a new laboratory at Ignition Park, an innovation and technology park in South Bend. The Willis Carrier Centrifugal Compressor Technology Laboratory will allow students to gain hands-on experience with Carrier’s HVAC compressor development.
Notre Dame says the event marks the start of a three-year collaboration with Carrier.
As part of the partnership, the Carrier Center of Excellence was also established at the Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory. The relationship will expand NDTL’s research capabilities around technologies in aero-propulsion, energy systems, structural mechanics and thermodynamics.
“In partnership with Carrier, we are expanding beyond the aerospace industry into a critical new area. We are excited for the opportunity to collaborate in research and testing of advanced technologies that will improve the efficiency of HVAC systems while continuing to create jobs in the local community,” said Joshua Cameron, director of NDTL.
Carrier’s investment provides the 2,200-ton calorimeter for research and development of compressors for energy-efficient industrial HVAC chiller systems. The apparatus measures the amount of heat involved in a chemical reaction or other processes.
Carrier says technology developed at the lab will support the company’s environmental and sustainability goals in reducing customers’ carbon footprint.