MAX TECH & BEYOND promotes the rapid development of energy efficient appliances
and supports the education of the next generation 
of U.S. clean energy engineers.

"I see this work as tremendously important to our energy future and I hope you will go out into our society and try to alter the way that the general public conserves and uses energy. Your generation will play a key role in transitioning our society to a way of life that is sustainable for future generations."

-Mark Walter, Lead Faculty Advisor, Ohio State University

Orange Smoke Ball Testing


To the University of California-San Diego's Passive Energy Efficient Refrigeration System Team, the winner of the AY13/14 Competition! Visit their team page to learn more about their protoype.


Thanks to everyone who tuned into our 3rd annual online webinar and showed their support of our 2013-2014 teams! If you would like to view recordings of the webinars, you can watch the May 16th webinar here, and May 29th webinar here.


In the terminology of federal energy efficiency standards, “max tech” appliances and equipment are those that achieve the maximum possible efficiency by incorporating all proven best practices in energy-efficient, ecological design.

and "BEYOND"...

Going “beyond” max tech, fundamentally new technology advances can expand the potential for future energy savings while equipping the U.S. with further means to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint.

Cornell University: Full Spectrum Lighting PCB converter layout
University of Maryland: Heat Pump Water Heater Construction
University of Nevada, Las Vegas: Printed Control Board Layout
University of Maryland: Heat Pump Clothes Dryer Prototype Construction
University of Hawaii: High Efficiency Electric Motors Testing


In just three-years the Competition has supported 29 faculty-led student teams, totaling over 150 students, from 16 U.S. universities. The portfolio represents a broad array of next generation technologies.

Photos Courtesy of University Teams

Challenges university engineering and science teams to design, build, and test the next generation of ultra-efficient appliance and equipment technologies to achieve max tech and beyond.

CalPolyPomona Cool Solar Team Meeting
Texas A&M Refrigeration Valve Reconstruction
Cornell LED Dye Testing Phase
UMD Residential Air Condition Construction Phase


Investing in the nation’s universities, harnesses the intellectual horsepower of the nation’s brightest minds, and inspires a new generation of engineers for whom energy efficient ecological design is a foundational principle.

Photos Courtesy of University Teams
Positive Impact

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Request for Proposal 2014

The Request for Proposal (RFP) process will open in Spring 2014 through the Berkeley Lab Subcontracts office. The proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis with submissions...