At this years Arctic Innovation Competition, ACEPs Riley Bickford and Tom Marsik pitched the Arctic Dual Hood for Heat Recovery Ventilation invention. The project was awarded a kicker prize of USD 2,000 for the best Arctic-related idea. With the cash and support from ACEP, the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, the U.S. Office of Naval Research and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Bristol Bay Campus, the team plans to test a prototype this winter at the CCHRC Research and Testing Facility.
The goal is to create a combined intake/exhaust unit to simplify heat and energy recovery in cold climate ventilation systems.
The project started at CCHRC and gained speed when Bickford chose the idea as his undergraduate research endeavor. He received guidance from Marsik, who holds a joint position with ACEP and CCHRC.
Bickford continues to work on the invention as an ACEP employee. The project team has expanded and now includes CCHRCs Vanessa Stevens, Robbin Garber-Slaght and Conor Sosebee.