Energy Conservation Program: Notification of Petition for Waiver of GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD From the Department of Energy Portable Air Conditioner Test Procedure and Notification of Grant of Interim Waiver, 17803-17821 [2021-07025]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES For the reasons explained here and in the Notification of Petition for Waiver, absent a waiver the basic models identified by Hercules in its petition cannot be tested and rated for energy consumption on a basis representative of their true energy consumption characteristics. DOE has reviewed the recommended procedure suggested by Hercules and concludes that it will allow for the accurate measurement of the energy use of the equipment, while alleviating the testing issues associated with Hercules’s implementation of DOE’s applicable walk-in door test procedure for the specified basic models. Thus, DOE is requiring that Hercules test and rate specified walk-in door basic models according to the alternate test procedure specified in this Decision and Order, which is identical to the procedure provided in the interim waiver. This Decision and Order is applicable only to the basic models listed and does not extend to any other basic models. DOE evaluates and grants waivers for only those basic models specifically set out in the petition, not future models that may be manufactured by the petitioner. Hercules may request that DOE extend the scope of this waiver to include additional basic models that employ the same technology as those listed in this waiver. 10 CFR 431.401(g). Hercules may also submit another petition for waiver from the test procedure for additional basic models that employ a different technology and meet the criteria for test procedure waivers. 10 CFR 431.401(a)(1). DOE notes that it may modify or rescind the waiver at any time upon DOE’s determination that the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect, or upon a determination that the results from the alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of the basic models’ true energy consumption characteristics. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(1). Likewise, Hercules may request that DOE rescind or modify the waiver if the company discovers an error in the information provided to DOE as part of its petition, determines that the waiver is no longer needed, or for other appropriate reasons. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(2). III. Order After careful consideration of all the material that was submitted by Hercules, the various public-facing materials (e.g., product literature, installation manuals) for the units identified in the petition, in this matter, it is ordered that: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 (1) Hercules must, as of the date of publication of this Order in the Federal Register, test and rate the basic models listed in Appendix I of its October 14, 2020 petition as provided in Docket Number EERE–2020–BT–WAV–0027– 0002 with the alternate test procedure as set forth in paragraph (2): (2) The alternate test procedure for the Hercules basic models identified in paragraph (1) of this Order is the test procedure for walk-in doors prescribed by DOE at 10 CFR part 431, subpart R, appendix A, except that the PTO value specified in section 4.5.2 ‘‘Direct Energy Consumption of Electrical Components of Non-Display Doors’’ shall be 92 percent for door motors. All other requirements of 10 CFR part 431, subpart R, appendix A and DOE’s regulations remain applicable. (3) Representations. Hercules may not make representations about the energy use of a basic model listed in paragraph (1) of this Order for compliance or marketing, unless the basic model has been tested in accordance with the provisions set forth above and such representations fairly disclose the results of such testing. (4) This waiver shall remain in effect according to the provisions of 10 CFR 431.401. (5) DOE issues this waiver on the condition that the statements, representations, and information provided by Hercules are valid. If Hercules makes any modifications to the controls or configurations of these basic models, such modifications will render the waiver invalid with respect to that basic model, and Hercules will either be required to use the current Federal test method or submit a new application for a test procedure waiver. DOE may rescind or modify this waiver at any time if it determines the factual basis underlying the petition for waiver is incorrect, or the results from the alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of a basic model’s true energy consumption characteristics. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(1). Likewise, Hercules may request that DOE rescind or modify the waiver if Hercules discovers an error in the information provided to DOE as part of its petition, determines that the waiver is no longer needed, or for other appropriate reasons. 10 CFR 431.401(k)(2). (6) Hercules remains obligated to fulfill all applicable requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429. Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on March 31, 2021 by Kelly J. Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17803 Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. [FR Doc. 2021–06991 Filed 4–5–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450–01–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [Case Number 2020–006; EERE–2020–BT– WAV–0023] Energy Conservation Program: Notification of Petition for Waiver of GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD From the Department of Energy Portable Air Conditioner Test Procedure and Notification of Grant of Interim Waiver Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy. ACTION: Notification of petition for waiver and grant of an interim waiver; request for comments. AGENCY: This notification announces receipt of and publishes a petition for waiver and interim waiver from GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD (‘‘Midea’’), which seeks a waiver for specified portable air conditioner basic models from the U.S. Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) test procedure used for determining the efficiency of portable air conditioners. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver Order that requires Midea to test and rate the specified portable air conditioner basic models in accordance with the alternate test procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, data, and information concerning Midea’s petition and its suggested alternate test procedure to inform DOE’s final decision on Midea’s waiver request. SUMMARY: The Interim Waiver Order is effective on April 6, 2021. Written DATES: E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 17804 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices comments and information are requested and will be accepted on or before May 6, 2021. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by case number ‘‘2020–006’’, and Docket number ‘‘EERE–2020–BT–WAV–0023,’’ by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: AS_Waiver_Requests@ ee.doe.gov. Include Case No. 2020–006 in the subject line of the message. No telefacsimilies (‘‘faxes’’) will be accepted. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on this process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Although DOE has routinely accepted public comment submissions through a variety of mechanism, including the Federal eRulemaking Portal, email, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier, the Department has found it necessary to make temporary modifications to the comment submission process in light of the ongoing Covid–19 pandemic. DOE is currently suspending receipt of public comments via postal mail and hand delivery/courier. If a commenter finds that this change poses an undue hardship, please contact Appliance Standards Program staff at (202) 586– 1445 to discuss the need for alternative arrangements. Once the Covid–19 pandemic health emergency is resolved, DOE anticipates resuming all of its regular options for public comment submission, including postal mail and hand delivery/courier. Docket: The docket, which includes Federal Register notices, comments, and other supporting documents/ materials, is available for review at http://www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. However, some documents listed in the index, such as those containing information that is exempt from public disclosure, may not be publicly available. The docket web page can be found at https://www.regulations.gov/ docket?D=EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023. The docket web page contains instruction on how to access all documents, including public comments, in the docket. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for information on how to submit comments through http://www.regulations.gov. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop EE–5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0121. Email: AS_Waiver_Request@ee.doe.gov. Ms. Sarah Butler, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, Mail Stop GC–33, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585–0103. Telephone: (202) 586–1777. Email: Sarah.Butler@hq.doe.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOE is publishing Midea’s petition for waiver in its entirety, pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv),1 absent any confidential business information. DOE invites all interested parties to submit in writing by May 6, 2021, comments and information on all aspects of the petition, including the alternate test procedure. Pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(d), any person submitting written comments to DOE must also send a copy of such comments to the petitioner. The contact information for the petitioner is Daniel L. Atkins, daniel.atkins@midea.com, Midea America Research Center, 2700 Chestnut Station Court, Louisville, KY 40299. Submitting comments via http:// www.regulations.gov. The http:// www.regulations.gov web page will require you to provide your name and contact information. Your contact information will be viewable to DOE Building Technologies staff only. Your contact information will not be publicly viewable except for your first and last names, organization name (if any), and submitter representative name (if any). If your comment is not processed properly because of technical difficulties, DOE will use this information to contact you. If DOE cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, DOE may not be able to consider your comment. However, your contact information will be publicly viewable if you include it in the comment or in any documents attached to your comment. Any information that you do not want to be publicly viewable should not be 1 On December 11, 2020, DOE published an amendment to 10 CFR 430.27 regarding the processing of petitions for an interim waiver, which became effective beginning January 11, 2021. 85 FR 79802. Midea’s petition for waiver and petition for interim waiver were received prior to the effective date of that amendment. The interim waiver therefore is being processed pursuant to the regulation in effect at the time of receipt, i.e., 10 CFR 430.27 in the 10 CFR parts 200 to 499 edition revised as of January 1, 2020. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 included in your comment, nor in any document attached to your comment. 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According to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believe s to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit via email two wellmarked copies: One copy of the document marked confidential including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document marked ‘‘non-confidential’’ with the information believed to be confidential deleted. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination. It is DOE’s policy that all comments may be included in the public docket, without change and as received, including any personal information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be exempt from public disclosure). Case Number 2020–006 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Interim Waiver Order I. Background and Authority The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (‘‘EPCA’’),1 authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy (‘‘DOE’’) to regulate the energy efficiency of a number of consumer products and certain industrial equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6291–6317) Title III, Part B 2 of EPCA established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products Other Than Automobiles, which sets forth a variety of provisions designed to improve energy efficiency for certain types of consumer products. In addition to specifying a list of covered products and industrial equipment, EPCA contains provisions that enable the Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products as covered products. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(20)) In a final determination of coverage published in the Federal Register on April 18, 2016, DOE classified portable air conditioners as covered products under EPCA. 81 FR 22514. The energy conservation program under EPCA consists essentially of four parts: (1) Testing, (2) labeling, (3) Federal energy conservation standards, and (4) certification and enforcement 1 All references to EPCA in this document refer to the statute as amended through the Energy Act of 2020, Public Law 116–260 (Dec. 27, 2020). 2 For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, Part B was redesignated as Part A. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 procedures. Relevant provisions of EPCA include definitions (42 U.S.C. 6291), test procedures (42 U.S.C. 6293), labeling provisions (42 U.S.C. 6294), energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6295), and the authority to require information and reports from manufacturers (42 U.S.C. 6296). The Federal testing requirements consist of test procedures that manufacturers of covered products must use as the basis for: (1) Certifying to DOE that their products comply with the applicable energy conservation standards adopted pursuant to EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6295(s)), and (2) making representations about the efficiency of that product (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)). Similarly, DOE must use these test procedures to determine whether the product complies with relevant standards promulgated under EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 6295(s)) Under 42 U.S.C. 6293, EPCA sets forth the criteria and procedures DOE is required to follow when prescribing or amending test procedures for covered products. EPCA requires that any test procedures prescribed or amended under this section must be reasonably designed to produce test results which reflect the energy efficiency, energy use or estimated annual operating cost of a covered product during a representative average use cycle or period of use and requires that test procedures not be unduly burdensome to conduct. (42 U.S.C.6293(b)(3)) The test procedure for portable air conditioners is contained in the Code of Federal Regulations (‘‘CFR’’) at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix CC (‘‘Appendix CC’’). Under 10 CFR 430.27, any interested person may submit a petition for waiver from DOE’s test procedure requirements. DOE will grant a waiver from the test procedure requirements if DOE determines either that the basic model for which the waiver was requested contains a design characteristic that prevents testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or that the prescribed test procedures evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data. 10 CFR 430.27(f)(2). A petitioner must include in its petition any alternate test procedures known to the petitioner to evaluate the performance of the product type in a manner representative of the energy consumption characteristics of the basic model. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iii). DOE may grant the waiver subject to conditions, including adherence to alternate test procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(f)(2). PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17805 As soon as practicable after the granting of any waiver, DOE will publish in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations to eliminate any need for the continuation of such waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(l). As soon thereafter as practicable, DOE will publish in the Federal Register a final rule to that effect. Id. The waiver process also provides that DOE may grant an interim waiver if it appears likely that the underlying petition for waiver will be granted and/ or if DOE determines that it would be desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate relief pending a determination on the underlying petition for waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(e)(2). Within one year of issuance of an interim waiver, DOE will either: (i) Publish in the Federal Register a determination on the petition for waiver; or (ii) publish in the Federal Register a new or amended test procedure that addresses the issues presented in the waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(h). When DOE amends the test procedure to address the issues presented in a waiver, the waiver will automatically terminate on the date on which use of that test procedure is required to demonstrate compliance. Id. II. Midea’s Petition for Waiver and Interim Waiver On June 29, 2020, Midea filed a petition for waiver and petition for interim waiver from the test procedure for portable air conditioners set forth at Appendix CC. (Midea, No. 1 at pp. 2– 3 3) On July 10, 2020, Midea submitted a revised petition for waiver and application for interim waiver.4 On September 11, 2020, Midea submitted a request 5 to include five additional basic models in their petition for waiver and petition for interim waiver. On November 17, 2020, Midea submitted a request 6 to include three additional 3 A notation in this form provides a reference for information that is in the docket for this test procedure waiver (Docket No. EERE–2020–BT– WAV–0023) (available at https:// www.regulations.gov/docket/EERE-2020-BT-WAV0023). This notation indicates that the statement preceding the reference is document number 1 in the docket and appears at pages 2–3 of that document. 4 The revised petition for waiver and application for interim waiver is available at https:// www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE-2020-BTWAV-0023-0002. 5 The request to include additional basic models is available at https://www.regulations.gov/ document?D=EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023-0003. 6 The request to include additional basic models is available at https://www.regulations.gov/ document?D=EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023-0004. E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 17806 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES basic models in their petition for waiver and petition for interim waiver.7 The current DOE test procedure at Appendix CC tests dual-duct portable air conditioners at two operating conditions, one measuring performance at a high outdoor operating temperature and one measuring performance at a lower outdoor operating temperature. Midea asserts that this testing does not address the ability of variable-speed compressors to adjust their operating speed based on the demand load of the conditioned space. Because of this, Midea indicated that the test procedure does not take into account the full range of performance and efficiency benefits of a variable-speed compressor operating under part-load conditions. Midea cited DOE’s test procedure for central air conditioners, which includes part-load test conditions that account for the improved efficiency benefit from variable-speed compressors at 10 CFR 430 subpart B, appendix M1, section 3.2.4. Midea also referenced several waivers; first were two test procedure waivers for room air conditioners that contain variable-speed compressors: Midea’s, granted on May 26, 2020, and LG Electronics Inc. (‘‘LG’’)’s, granted on May 8, 2019. 85 FR 31481; 84 FR 20111. Second was the portable air conditioner waiver DOE granted to LG on June 2, 2020. That waiver includes part-load test conditions to account for the improved efficiency benefit from variable-speed compressors. 85 FR 33643. Midea asserted that the basic models listed in the petition cannot be tested according to the test procedure at Appendix CC because their condenser inlet and outlet air streams are incorporated into the same structure 7 The brand and basic model numbers specified by Midea in its petition (including the September 11, 2020 and November 17, 2020 submissions) are: Midea, US–KC35Y1/BP3N8–PTB(CH3); Midea, US– KC30Y1/BP3N8–PTB(CG8); Perfect aire, 1PORTV10000; Danby, DPA100B9IWDB–6; Heat Controller LLC, PSV–101D; Whynter, ARC– 1030WN; Whynter, ARC–1030BN; Whynter, ARC– 1030GN; hOme, HME020373N; Vremi, VRM050703N; Wappliance, BPI10MW; Perfect aire, 1PORTVP10000; Danby, DPA100HB9IWDB–6; Heat Controller LLC, PSHV–101D; Whynter, ARC– 1030WNH; Whynter, ARC–1030GNH; Whynter, ARC–1030BNH; hOme, HME020374N; Vremi, VRM050704N; Wappliance, BPI10HMW; Perfect aire, 1PORTV12000; Danby, DPA120B9IWDB–6; Heat Controller LLC, PSV–121D; Whynter, ARC– 1230WN; Whynter, ARC–1230BN; Whynter, ARC– 1230GN; hOme, HME020375N; Vremi, VRM050705N; Wappliance, BPI12MW; Perfectaire, 1PORTVP12000; Danby, DPA120HB9IWDB–6; Heat Controller LLC, PSHV–121D; Whynter, ARC– 1230WNH; Whynter, ARC–1230GNH; Whynter, ARC–1230BNH; hOme, HME020376N; Vremi, VRM050706N; Wappliance, BPI12HMW; Toshiba, RAC–PT1411HWRU; Toshiba, RAC–PT1411CWRU; Toshiba, RAC–PT1211CWRU; Danby, DPA100HB9IBDB–6; Danby, DPA120B9IBDB–6; Midea, MPPTB–12HRN8–BCH4; Midea, MPPTB– 12CRN8–BCH4; Midea, MPPTB–10CRN8–BCG8. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 using ‘‘combined-duct technology.’’ Midea stated that the test procedure does not provide for measuring airflow in and out of a single condenser duct at the same time, as would be required for units with a combined duct. Midea also requested an interim waiver from the existing DOE test procedure. DOE will grant an interim waiver if it appears likely that the petition for waiver will be granted, and/ or if DOE determines that it would be desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate relief pending a determination of the petition for waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(e)(2). Based on the assertions in the petition, absent an interim waiver, Midea’s specified portable air conditioner basic models contain design characteristics which prevent testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures and cause the prescribed test procedures to be tested in a manner that is unrepresentative of their actual efficiency. III. Requested Alternate Test Procedure EPCA requires that manufacturers use DOE test procedures when making representations about the energy consumption and energy consumption costs of covered products. (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)) Consistency is important when making representations about the energy efficiency of covered products, including when demonstrating compliance with applicable DOE energy conservation standards. Pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27, and after consideration of public comments on the petition, DOE may establish in a subsequent Decision and Order an alternate test procedure for the basic models addressed by the Interim Waiver Order. Midea seeks to use an alternate test procedure to test and rate specific portable air conditioner basic models. The alternate test procedure is the test procedure for portable air conditioners prescribed by DOE in Appendix CC, with the combined-duct variable-speed portable air conditioners tested at both the high- and low-temperature outdoor operating conditions to measure a weighted-average combined energy efficiency ratio (‘‘CEER’’), except the compressor speed is fixed at ‘‘full’’ and ‘‘low’’ in accordance with manufacturer instructions at the two outdoor conditions, respectively. Midea suggests an additional set of calculations to model the CEER of a theoretical comparable dual-duct single-speed portable air conditioner twice—once with cycling losses and once without cycling losses—based on the performance of the combined-duct variable-speed portable air conditioner PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 at full compressor speed at the lowoutdoor temperature condition. From these results, a ‘‘performance adjustment factor’’ is calculated, representing the performance improvement associated with avoiding cycling losses. The performance adjustment factor is then multiplied by the measured CEER value for the variable-speed portable air conditioner according to Appendix CC to determine the test unit’s final rated CEER value. Midea states that this approach takes into account performance and efficiency improvements associated with combined-duct variable-speed portable air conditioners as compared to dualduct portable air conditioners with single-speed compressors. In addition to the provisions for variable-speed compressors, Midea’s suggested alternate test procedure also adds provisions to the test procedure in Appendix CC to test combined-duct portable air conditioners using an adapter to interface with the combined duct and additional thermocouples to measure temperature variations on the surface of the combined duct. IV. Interim Waiver Order DOE has reviewed Midea’s application for an interim waiver, the alternate test procedure requested by Midea, diagrams and renderings, and confidential performance data Midea provided to DOE. Based on this review, the alternate test procedure, with modifications discussed in the following paragraphs, appears to allow for the accurate measurement of the efficiency of the specified basic models, while alleviating the problems Midea identified in testing these basic models. DOE has made four modifications to the alternate test procedure as presented in the Media petition. First, at Midea’s request, DOE removed an adjustment factor that was originally requested in the alternate test procedure to account for different full compressor speeds for single-speed and variable-speed portable air conditioners at the lower outdoor temperature operating condition. Second, DOE doubled the number of thermocouples on the combined duct from eight to sixteen. Third, DOE is altering the cycling loss factor (‘‘CLF’’) to reflect the most recent data and analysis. Last, DOE is requiring the use of a unit setpoint of 75 °F at the 95 °F fixed chamber test condition to improve test representativeness. In its petition, Midea suggested an adjustment factor for the purpose of providing a more appropriate comparison between the measured capacity and power when testing the variable-speed portable air conditioner E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices with a full compressor speed at the lower outdoor operating conditions and that of a single-speed portable air conditioner operating under those conditions. In a communication following the July 2020 revised petition, Midea requested that the adjustment factor be retracted stating that due to subsequent modifications to the subject basic models the adjustment factor is now not necessary. DOE has therefore removed this adjustment factor from the alternate test procedure. Additionally, DOE has initially determined that the use of 16 thermocouples better assesses the average temperature on the combined duct given that it contains both the condenser inlet and exhaust air streams. Section 3.1.1.6 of Appendix CC requires four thermocouples per duct. With the basic models at issue, both of the air streams are contained in the same combined duct. The combined duct potentially results in more significant temperature gradients along its length and perimeter, necessitating the use of 16 thermocouples. Also, DOE considered data collected in support of the ongoing room air conditioner test procedure rulemaking,8 given the certain similarities of these products to portable air conditioners, to assess the portable air conditioner CLF proposed in Midea’s petition. The data for cooling degradation coefficient (‘‘Cd’’), presented below in Table IV–1, summarize the results from load-based testing of two single-speed room air conditioners at an outdoor temperature of 82 °F and cooling loads between 49 and 55 percent of the full load (i.e., the cooling capacity resulting from maximum cooling at the 95 °F test condition). TABLE IV–1—TESTED AND EXTRAPOLATED COOLING DEGRADATION COEFFICIENT Unit Load % Unit 1 ........................ Unit 2 ........................ 52 54 * 55 49 54 * 55 Cd 0.42 0.39 * 0.38 0.39 0.30 * 0.28 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES * Represent extrapolated values to estimate the Cd at a 55% load. 8 The data were collected following publication of the notice of proposed rulemaking, ‘‘Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedure for Room Air Conditioners’’ (85 FR 35700; Jun. 11, 2020), and will be considered as part of that rulemaking. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 Extrapolating from the data collected, the average Cd at 55 percent of the full cooling load (i.e., the center of the acceptable range specified in the low compressor speed definition of this waiver) would be 0.332, suggesting a CLF of 0.8 would be more appropriate at the 83 °F test condition as opposed to the 0.875 CLF suggested in the Midea petition. The analysis above represents the best available information to date regarding single-speed room air conditioner cycling at reduced cooling loads, which DOE believes is reflective of the expected cycling that would be observed for single-speed portable air conditioners. Therefore, DOE is adopting the use of 0.8 as the CLF for the 83 °F test condition in this interim waiver. Furthermore, during the room air conditioner test procedure rulemaking, DOE observed that for units produced by certain manufacturers, variable-speed room air conditioners performed differently depending on the method used to produce maximum cooling capacity. Testing of variable-speed room air conditioners was conducted at maximum cooling capacity for the ‘‘full speed’’ 95 °F test condition, achieved either with (1) the user settings (e.g., fan speed, grille position) and thermostat setpoint selected to produce maximum cooling capacity in accordance with the DOE room air conditioner test procedure at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix F (‘‘appendix F’’) (i.e., the unit automatically selected the compressor speed); or (2) using the user settings, in accordance with appendix F, but applying the manufacturer’s confidential testing instructions to achieve a fixed ‘‘full’’ compressor speed (i.e., the control setting specified in the room air condition waiver and suggested by Midea in their petition). One test unit was 10 percent more efficient when using only the appendix F user settings than when using fixed compressor speed controls, while another unit was 11 percent less efficient. Based on the observed differences in room air conditioner performance when using the fixed ‘‘full’’ compressor speed (i.e., applying the confidential manufacturer instructions) as compared to using only the appendix F settings, described above, DOE concludes that similar differences may occur when testing portable air conditioners and is requiring a unit setpoint of 75 °F for the portable air conditioner ‘‘full speed’’ PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17807 95 °F test condition, as it would be more representative of typical consumer settings than reliance on the confidential manufacturer instructions to achieve maximum cooling capacity. In evaluating potential thermostat setpoints, DOE reviewed data for 19 portable air conditioners that were field metered in a 2014 study conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.9 Among these units, the thermostat setpoints selected by consumers ranged from 66 °F to 76 °F, with a median value of 74.5 °F. DOE expects, therefore, that 75 °F is a typical consumer setpoint for portable air conditioners that would achieve the maximum cooling (given the differential between the setpoint and the fixed indoor test chamber dry-bulb temperature of 80 °F), in accordance with appendix CC. DOE is also modifying the definition of ‘‘full compressor speed’’ accordingly in this interim waiver. DOE notes that while variable-speed waivers granted for other products numerically estimate performance of a theoretical single-speed product at reduced outdoor temperature conditions, given the complex heat transfer dynamics related to the ducts, infiltration air, and internal air mixing within the chassis of the combined duct used in the basic models specified by Midea in its petition, DOE believes that the approach proposed by Midea to estimate performance of the theoretical single-speed dual-duct portable air conditioner using the performance of the variable-speed combined-duct portable air conditioner at the lowoutdoor temperature condition, modified as discussed above, is appropriate and reasonable. Consequently, DOE has determined that Midea’s petition for waiver likely will be granted. Furthermore, DOE has determined that it is desirable for public policy reasons to grant Midea immediate relief pending a determination of the petition for waiver. For the reasons stated, it is ordered that: (1) Midea must test and rate the following portable air conditioner basic models with the alternate test procedure set forth in paragraph (2). 9 T. Burke et al., ‘‘Using Field-Metered Data to Quantify Annual Energy Use of Portable Air Conditioners,’’ Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL–6868E, December 2014. E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 17808 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices Brand Model No. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Midea ..................................................................................................................................................................... Midea ..................................................................................................................................................................... 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Midea ..................................................................................................................................................................... Midea ..................................................................................................................................................................... (2) The alternate test procedure for the Midea basic models identified in paragraph (1) of this Interim Waiver Order is the test procedure for portable air conditioners prescribed by DOE at Appendix CC and 10 CFR 430.23(dd), with three exceptions. First, install the unit under test as detailed below. Second, determine combined energy efficiency ratio (CEER) as detailed below. Third, calculate the estimated annual operating cost in 10 CFR 430.23(dd)(2) as detailed below. In addition, for each basic model listed in paragraph (1), maintain the compressor speed at each test condition, and set the control settings used for the variable components, according to the instructions submitted to DOE by Midea (https://www.regulations.gov/docket/ EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023). Upon the compliance date of any new energy VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 conservation standards for portable air conditioners, Midea must report product specific information pursuant to 10 CFR 429.12(b)(13) and 10 CFR 429.62(b). All other requirements of Appendix CC and DOE’s regulations remain applicable. In 10 CFR 430.2, add in alphabetical order: Combined-duct portable air conditioner means a dual-duct portable air conditioner with the condenser inlet and outlet air streams flowing through separate ducts housed in a single overall duct structure. In 10 CFR 430.23, in paragraph (dd) revise paragraph (2) to read as follows: (2) Determine the estimated annual operating cost for a combined-duct variable-speed portable air conditioner, expressed in dollars per year, by multiplying the following two factors: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 US–KC35Y1/BP3N8–PTB(CH3) US–KC30Y1/BP3N8–PTB(CG8) 1PORTV10000 DPA100B9IWDB–6 PSV–101D ARC–1030WN ARC–1030BN ARC–1030GN HME020373N VRM050703N BPI10MW 1PORTVP10000. DPA100HB9IWDB–6 PSHV–101D ARC–1030WNH ARC–1030GNH ARC–1030BNH HME020374N VRM050704N BPI10HMW 1PORTV12000 DPA120B9IWDB–6 PSV–121D ARC–1230WN ARC–1230BN ARC–1230GN HME020375N VRM050705N BPI12MW 1PORTVP12000 DPA120HB9IWDB–6 PSHV–121D ARC–1230WNH ARC–1230GNH ARC–1230BNH HME020376N VRM050706N BPI12HMW RAC–PT1411HWRU RAC–PT1411CWRU RAC–PT1211CWRU DPA100HB9IBDB–6 DPA120B9IBDB–6 MPPTB–12HRN8–BCH4 MPPTB–12CRN8–BCH4 MPPTB–10CRN8–BCG8 (i) The sum of the following three values: AEC95 multiplied by 0.2, AEC83_ Low multiplied by 0.8, and AECT, as calculated in section 5.3 of appendix CC of this subpart; and (ii) A representative average unit cost of electrical energy in dollars per kilowatt-hour as provided by the Secretary. (iii) Round the resulting product to the nearest dollar per year. In Appendix CC: Add in Section 2, Definitions: 2.11 Single-speed means a type of portable air conditioner that cannot adjust the compressor speed. 2.12 Variable-speed means a type of portable air conditioner that can automatically adjust the compressor speed. 2.13 Full compressor speed (full) means the compressor speed at which the unit operates at full load test E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 17809 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices conditions, when using user settings to achieve maximum cooling capacity, and with the thermostat setpoint set at 75 °F. 2.14 Low compressor speed (low) means the compressor speed specified by Midea (Docket No. EERE–2020–BT– WAV–0023–0006), at which the unit operates at low load test conditions, such that Capacity_83_Low, the measured cooling capacity at this speed at Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, is no less than 50 percent and no greater than 60 percent of Capacity95, the measured cooling capacity with the full compressor speed at Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix. 2.15 Theoretical comparable singlespeed portable air conditioner means a theoretical single-speed portable air conditioner with the same cooling capacity and electrical power input as the variable-speed portable air conditioner under test, with no cycling losses considered, when operating with the full compressor speed and at Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix. Replace section 3.1.1 Test conduct with the following: Test conduct. The test apparatus and instructions for testing portable air conditioners in cooling mode and offcycle mode must conform to the requirements specified in Section 4, ‘‘Definitions’’ and Section 7, ‘‘Tests,’’ of ANSI/AHAM PAC–1–2015 (incorporated by reference; see § 430.3), except as otherwise specified in this appendix. Measure duct heat transfer and infiltration air heat transfer according to section 4.1.1 and section 4.1.2 of this appendix, respectively. Replace section 3.1.1.1 Duct Setup with the following: Use only ducting components provided by the manufacturer, including, where provided by the manufacturer, ducts, connectors for attaching the duct(s) to the test unit, sealing, insulation, and window mounting fixtures. Do not apply additional sealing or insulation. To measure the condenser inlet and outlet airflows in the combined duct, use an adapter provided by the manufacturer, which allows for the individual connection of the condenser inlet and outlet airflows to the test lab’s airflow measuring apparatuses. Replace section 3.1.1.6 Duct temperature measurements with the following: Duct temperature measurements. Install any insulation and sealing provided by the manufacturer. Then adhere sixteen thermocouples to the outer surface of the duct, spaced evenly around the circumference (four thermocouples, each 90 degrees apart, radially) and down the length of the duct (four sets of four thermocouples, evenly placed along the length of the duct), ensuring that the thermocouples are distributed equally on the entire surface of the combined duct. Ensure that at least one thermocouple is placed next to the condenser inlet aperture and at least one thermocouple is placed on the duct surface adjacent to or nearest to the condenser outlet aperture. Measure the surface temperature of the combined duct at each thermocouple. Temperature measurements must have an error no greater than ±0.5 °F over the range being measured. Add to the end of Section 3.1.2, Control settings: Set the compressor speed during cooling mode testing as described in section 4.1 of this appendix, as amended by this Order. Replace Section 4.1, Cooling mode with the following: Cooling mode. Instead of the test conditions in Table 3 of ANSI/AHAM PAC–1–2015, establish the test conditions presented in Table 1 of this appendix. Test each sample unit three times, once at each test condition in Table 1. For each test condition, measure the sample unit’s indoor room cooling capacity and overall power input in cooling mode in accordance with Section 7.1.b and 7.1.c of ANSI/ AHAM PAC–1–2015 (incorporated by reference; see § 430.3), respectively, and determine the test duration in accordance with Section 8.7 of ASHRAE Standard 37–2009 (incorporated by reference; § 430.3). Conduct the first test in accordance with ambient conditions for Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, achieving the full compressor speed, as defined in section 2.13 of this appendix, with user settings, for the duration of cooling mode testing (Capacity95, P95). Conduct the second test in accordance with the ambient conditions for Test Condition 2, in Table 1 of this appendix, with the compressor speed set to full, for the duration of cooling mode testing (Capacity83_Full, P83_Full). To confirm the same full compressor speed is used, the average compressor frequency for the second test must equal that observed for the first test, with a tolerance of +/¥ 10% of the nominal average compressor frequency of the first test. Conduct the third test in accordance with the ambient conditions for Test Condition 3, with the compressor speed set to low for the duration of cooling mode testing (Capacity83_Low, P83_Low). Set the compressor speed required for each test condition in accordance with the instructions Midea submitted to DOE (Docket No. EERE–2020–BT–WAV– 0023–0006). TABLE 1—EVAPORATOR AND CONDENSER INLET TEST CONDITIONS Test condition khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Test Condition 1 .................................................................. Test Condition 2 .................................................................. Test Condition 3 .................................................................. Replace Section 4.1.1, Duct Heat Transfer, with the following: Duct Heat Transfer. Measure the circumference of the duct by wrapping a flexible measuring tape, or equivalent, around the outside of the combined duct, making sure the tape is on the outermost ridges. Calculate the surface area of the combined duct as follows: ACD = C × L VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 Evaporator inlet air °F (°C) Condenser inlet air °F (°C) Dry bulb Dry bulb Wet bulb 80 (26.7) 80 (26.7) 80 (26.7) 67 (19.4) 67 (19.4) 67 (19.4) Where: ACD = the outer area of the combined duct, in square feet. C = the circumference of the combined duct, as measured in this section, in feet. L = the extended length of the combined duct while under test, in feet. Calculate the average temperature at each individual location. Then calculate the average surface temperature of the duct by averaging the sixteen average PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 95 (35.0) 83 (28.3) 83 (28.3) Wet bulb 75 (23.9) 67.5 (19.7) 67.5 (19.7) Compressor speed Full. Full. Low. temperature measurements taken on the duct. Calculate the total heat transferred from the surface of the combined duct to the indoor conditioned space while operating in cooling mode at each test condition in Table 1 of this appendix, according to the following equations: QCD_95 = 3 × ACD × (TCD_95¥Tei) QCD_83_Full = 3 × ACD × (TCD_83_Full¥Tei) QCD_83_Low = 3 × ACD × (TCD_83_ Low¥Tei) E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices calculated in this section, in square feet. TCD_95, TCD_83_Full, and TCD_83_Low = average surface temperature for the combined duct, in °F, as measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as calculated in this section. Tei = average evaporator inlet air dry-bulb temperature, as measured in section 4.1 of this appendix, in °F. Where: QCD_95, QCD_83_Full, and QCD_83_Low = the total heat transferred from the combined duct to the indoor conditioned space in cooling mode, in Btu/h, when tested at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively. 3 = convection coefficient in Btu/h per square foot per °F. ACD = surface area of the combined duct, as . = Vco-95 X Pco-95 - m95 ( 1 + Wco_95) . . khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES - = Where: ˙ 95, m ˙ 83_Full and m ˙ 83_Low = dry air mass flow m rate of infiltration air for combined-duct portable air conditioners, in lb/m, when tested at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively. Vco_95, Vco_83_Full and Vco_83_Low = average volumetric flow rate of the condenser outlet air, in cubic feet per minute (cfm), as measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this appendix. Vci_95, Vci_83_Full and Vci_83_Low = average volumetric flow rate of the condenser inlet air, in cfm, as measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this appendix. rco_95, rco_83_Full and rco_83_Low = average density of the condenser outlet air, in pounds mass per cubic foot (lbm/ft3), as measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this appendix. rci_95, rci_83_Full and rci_83_Low = average density of the condenser inlet air, in lbm/ ft3, as measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this appendix. wco_95, wco_83_Full and wco_83_Low = average humidity ratio of condenser outlet air, in pounds mass of water vapor per pounds mass of dry air (lbw/lbda), as measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this appendix. wci_95, wci_83_Full and wci_83_Low = average humidity ratio of condenser inlet air, in lbw/lbda, as measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 - ( - 1 + Wci_95) vci_83_Full X Pci_83_Full ( 1 + Wco_83_Full) m83 Low VerDate Sep<11>2014 Vci 95 X Pei 95 = Vco-83-Full X Pco-83-Full m83 Jkt 253001 Replace Section 4.1.2, Infiltration Air Heat Transfer with the following: Infiltration Air Heat Transfer. Calculate the sample unit’s heat contribution from infiltration air into the conditioned space for each cooling mode test. Calculate the dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air according to the following equations: ( 1 + Wci_83_Full) Vco 83 Low X Pco 83 Low vci_83_Low X Pci_83_Low 1 + Wco_83_Low ( 1 + Wci_83_Low) (- - - -) as required in section 4.1 of this appendix. Calculate the sensible component of infiltration air heat contribution according to the following equations: ˙ 95 × 60 × [cp_da × (95 ¥ 80) Qs_95 = m + (cp_wv × (0.0141 × 95 ¥ 0.0112 × 80))] ˙ 83_Full × 60 × [(cp_da × (83 Qs_83_Full = m ¥ 80) + (cp_wv × (0.01086 × 83 ¥ 0.0112 r × 80))] ˙ 83_Low × 60 × [(cp_da × (83 Qs_83_Low = m ¥ 80) + (cp_wv × (0.01086 × 83 ¥ 0.0112 r × 80))] Where: Qs_95, Qs_83_Full and Qs_83_Low = sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, in Btu/h, when tested at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively. ˙ 95, m ˙ 83_Full and m ˙ 83_Low = dry air mass flow m rate of infiltration air for combined-duct portable air conditioners, in lb/m, when tested at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix. cp_da = specific heat of dry air, 0.24 Btu/(lbm °F). cp_wv = specific heat of water vapor, 0.444 Btu/(lbm °F). 80 = indoor chamber dry-bulb temperature, in °F. 95 = infiltration air dry-bulb temperature for Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in °F. 83 = infiltration air dry-bulb temperature for Test Conditions 2 and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, in °F. 0.0141 = humidity ratio of the dry-bulb infiltration air for Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in lbw/lbda. 0.01086 = humidity ratio of the dry-bulb infiltration air for Test Conditions 2 and PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, in lbw/lbda. 0.0112 = humidity ratio of the indoor chamber air, in lbw/lbda (windoor). 60 = conversion factor from minutes to hours. Calculate the latent heat contribution of the infiltration air according to the following equations: ˙ 95 × 60 × 1061 × Ql_95 = m (0.0141¥0.0112) ˙ 83_Full × 60 × 1061 × Ql_83_Full = m (0.01086 ¥ 0.0112) ˙ 83_Low × 60 × 1061 × Ql_83_Low = m (0.01086 ¥ 0.0112) Where: Ql_95, Ql_83_Full and Ql_83_Low = latent heat added to the room by infiltration air, when tested at Test Conditions 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/h. ˙ 95, m ˙ 83_Full and m ˙ 83_Low = dry air mass flow m rate of infiltration air, in lb/m, when tested at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix. 1061 = latent heat of vaporization for water vapor, in Btu/lbm (Hfg). 0.0141 = humidity ratio of the dry-bulb infiltration air for Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in lbw/lbda. 0.01086 = humidity ratio of the dry-bulb infiltration air for Test Conditions 2 and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, in lbw/lbda. 0.0112 = humidity ratio of the indoor chamber air, in lbw/lbda. 60 = conversion factor from minutes to hours. Calculate the total heat contribution of the infiltration air at each test condition by adding the sensible and latent heat according to the following equations: Qinfiltration_95 = Qs_95 + Ql_95 Qinfiltration_83_Full = Qs_83_Full + Ql_83_Full E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 EN06AP21.001</GPH> 17810 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices Qinfiltration_83_Low = Qs_83_Low + Ql_83_Low Where: Qinfiltration_95, Qinfiltration_83_Full and Qinfiltration_ 83_Low = total infiltration air heat in cooling mode, when tested at Test Conditions 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/h Qs_95, Qs_83_Full and Qs_83_Low = sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, when tested at Test Conditions 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/h, as calculated in this section. Ql_95, Ql_83_Full and Ql_83_Low = latent heat added to the room by infiltration air, when tested at Test Conditions 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/h, as calculated in this section. Replace Section 5.1, Adjusted Cooling Capacity with the following: Adjusted Cooling Capacity. Calculate the adjusted cooling capacity at each outdoor temperature operating condition, ACC95 and ACC83_Low, expressed in Btu/h, according to the following equations: ACC95 = Capacity95¥QCD_95¥ Qinfiltration_95 ACC83_Low = Capacity83_Low¥QCD_ Low¥Qinfiltration_83_Low Where: Capacity95 and Capacity83_Low = cooling capacity, as measured in section 4.1 of this appendix, at Test Condition 1 and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/h. QCD_95 and QCD_83_Low = combined duct heat transfer while operating in cooling mode at Test Condition 1 and Test Condition 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Cooling Mode, Test Condition 1 1. Cooling Mode, Test Condition 2 1. Cooling Mode, Test Condition 3 1. Off-Cycle ................. Inactive or Off ......... Jkt 253001 Annual operating hours Subscript 95 ............ 750 83_Full ..... 750 83_Low .... 750 oc ............. ia or om ... 880 1,355 1 These operating mode hours are for the purposes of calculating annual energy consumption under different ambient conditions and are not a division of the total cooling mode operating hours. The total cooling mode operating hours are 750 hours. AECm = Pm X tm X 0.001 Where: AECm = annual energy consumption in the Where: AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to off cycle mode and inactive or off mode, in kWh/year; AECm = total annual energy consumption in the operating mode, in kWh/year. m represents the following two operating modes: Off cycle mode and inactive or off mode. Replace Section 5.4, Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio with the following: Unadjusted Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio. Calculate the sample unit’s unadjusted combined energy efficiency ratio, CEERUA, expressed in Btu/Wh, as follows: I I year. 0.001 kWh/Wh = conversion factor for watthours to kilowatt-hours. 0.2 = weighting factor for the 95 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition. 0.8 = weighting factor for the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition. Add after Section 5.4, Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio: 5.5 Adjustment of the Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio. Adjust the sample unit’s unadjusted combined energy efficiency ratio as follows. 5.5.1 Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner Cooling Capacity and Power at the Lower Outdoor Temperature Operating Condition. Calculate the cooling capacity and cooling capacity with PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 cycling losses, expressed in British thermal units per hour (Btu/h), and electrical power input, expressed in watts, for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at an 83 °F outdoor dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) according to the following equations: Capacity83_SS = Capacity83_Full Capacity83_SS_CLF = Capacity83_SS × 0.8 P83_SS = P83_Full Where: Capacity83_SS = cooling capacity of a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner, calculated for the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h. Capacity83_SS_CLF = cooling capacity of a theoretical comparable single-speed E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 EN06AP21.004</GPH> ACC9 s ] ACCa3 Low ] AEC95 + AECr x 0. 2 + (AECa3 Low + AECr) x O.B ( 750 X 0.001 ) 750 X 0.001 Where: CEERUA = unadjusted combined energy efficiency ratio for the sample unit, in Btu/Wh. ACC95 and ACC83_Low = adjusted cooling capacity, tested at Test Condition 1 and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as calculated in section 5.1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. AEC95 and AEC83_Low = annual energy consumption for cooling mode operation at Test Condition 1 and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 in this appendix that represent operation at 95 °F and 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating conditions, respectively, as calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix, in kWh/ year. AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to off cycle mode and inactive or off mode, in kWh/year, calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix. 750 = number of cooling mode hours per VerDate Sep<11>2014 Operating mode Calculate the sample unit’s total annual energy consumption in off cycle mode and inactive or off mode as follows: EN06AP21.003</GPH> = Replace Section 5.3, Annual Energy Consumption with the following: Annual Energy Consumption. Calculate the sample unit’s annual energy consumption in each operating mode according to the equation below. For each operating mode, use the following annual hours of operation and equation: operating mode, in kWh/year. m represents the operating mode (‘‘95’’ for Test Condition 1, ‘‘83_Full’’ for Test Condition 2, ‘‘83_Low’’ for Test Condition 3, ‘‘oc’’ for off cycle, and ‘‘ia’’ for inactive or ‘‘om’’ for off mode). Pm = average power in the operating mode, in watts. tm = number of annual operating time in each operating mode, in hours. 0.001 kWh/Wh = conversion factor from watt-hours to kilowatt-hours. EN06AP21.002</GPH> khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES CEERuA 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/h, as calculated in section 4.1.1 of this appendix. Qinfiltration_95 and Qinfiltration_83_Low = total infiltration air heat transfer in cooling mode at Test Condition 1 and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/h, as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix. 17811 17812 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices portable air conditioner with cycling losses, in Btu/h, calculated for the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix). Capacity83_Full = cooling capacity of the sample unit, measured in section 4.1 of this appendix at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. P83_SS = power input of a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner calculated for the 83 °F drybulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in watts. P83_Full = electrical power input of the sample unit, measured in section 4.1 of this appendix at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in watts. 0.8 = cycling loss factor for the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition. 5.5.2 Duct Heat Transfer for a Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Temperature Operating Condition. Calculate the combined duct heat transfer to the conditioned space for a theoretical comparable singlespeed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), as follows: QCD_83_SS = QCD_83_Full khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Where: QCD_83_SS = total heat transferred from the combined duct to the indoor conditioned space in cooling mode, for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition), in Btu/ h. QCD_83_Full = combined duct heat transfer for the sample unit while operating in cooling mode at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 °F drybulb outdoor temperature operating condition), in Btu/h, as calculated in section 4.1.1 of this appendix. 5.5.3 Infiltration Air Heat Transfer for a Theoretical Comparable SingleSpeed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Temperature Operating Condition. Calculate the heat contribution from infiltration air for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F drybulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), as detailed below. Calculate the dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air as follows: ˙ 83_SS = m ˙ 83_Full m Where: ˙ 83_SS = dry air mass flow rate of infiltration m air for a theoretical comparable singlespeed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in lb/m. ˙ 83_Full = dry air mass flow rate of infiltration m VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 air for the sample unit when tested at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition), as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix, in lb/m. Calculate the sensible component of infiltration air heat contribution for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F drybulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) as follows: Qs_83_SS = Qs_83_Full Where: Qs_83_SS = sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner, at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h. Qs_83_Full = sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, when testing the sample unit at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition), as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix, in Btu/h. Calculate the latent component of infiltration air heat contribution for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F drybulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) as follows: Ql_83_SS = Ql_83_Full Where: Ql_83_SS = latent heat added to the room by infiltration air for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner, at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h. Ql_83_Full = latent heat added to the room by infiltration air during testing of the sample unit, when tested at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition), as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix, in Btu/h. Calculate the total heat contribution of the infiltration air for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) as follows: Qinfiltration_83_SS = Qinfiltration_83_Full Where: Qinfiltration_83_SS = total infiltration air heat in cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h. Qinfiltration_83_Full = total infiltration air heat transfer of the sample unit in cooling PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 mode at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition), as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix, in Btu/h. 5.5.4 Adjusted Cooling Capacity for a Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Temperature Operating Condition. Calculate the adjusted cooling capacity for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) both without cycling losses, ACC83_SS, and with cycling losses, ACC83_SS_CLF, in Btu/h, according to the following equations: ACC83_SS = Capacity83_SS ¥ QCD_83_SS ¥ Qinfiltration_83_SS ACC83_SS_CLF = Capacity83_SS_CLF ¥ QCD_83_SS ¥ Qinfiltration_83_SS Where: ACC83_SS and ACC83_SS_CLF = adjusted cooling capacity for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) without and with cycling losses, respectively, in Btu/h. Capacity83_SS and Capacity83_SS_CLF = cooling capacity of a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner without and with cycling losses, respectively, at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition), calculated in section 5.5.1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. QCD_83_SS = total heat transferred from the ducts to the indoor conditioned space in cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h, calculated in section 5.5.2 of this appendix. Qinfiltration_83_SS = total infiltration air heat in cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), calculated in section 5.5.3 of this appendix, in Btu/h. 5.5.5 Annual Energy Consumption in Cooling Mode for a Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Temperature Operating Condition. Calculate the annual energy consumption in cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F drybulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in kWh/year, as follows: E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F drybulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) as calculated in section 5.5.1 of this appendix, in watts. 750 = number of cooling mode hours per year, as defined in section 5.3 of this appendix. 0.001 kWh/Wh = conversion factor from watt-hours to kilowatt-hours. CEERss 750 CEERss_cLF ACC 95 = [ (AEC95 + AECT) khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 750 Where: CEERSS and CEERSS_CLF = combined energy efficiency ratio for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner without and with cycling losses considered, respectively, in Btu/ Wh. ACC95 = adjusted cooling capacity for the sample unit, as calculated in section 5.1 of this appendix, when tested at Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. ACC83_SS and ACC83_SS_CLF = adjusted cooling capacities for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) without and with cycling losses, respectively, as calculated in section 5.5.4 of this appendix, in Btu/h. AEC95 = annual energy consumption for the sample unit, as calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix, for cooling mode operation at Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in kWh/year. AEC83_SS = annual energy consumption for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner in cooling mode at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), calculated in section 5.5.5 of this appendix, in kWh/year. AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to all operating modes except cooling for the sample unit, calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix, in kWh/ year. 750 and 0.001 as defined previously in this section. 0.2 = weighting factor for the 95 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition. 0.8 = weighting factor for the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 l [ ACC 95 ACCa3_ss ] x 0. 2 + (AEC 83 ss + AECT) x 0. 8 750 X 0.001 = [ (AEC 95 + AECT) X ] 0.001 x 0.2 0.001 X [ ACCa3_ss_cLF 750 X P ( CEERss - CEERss CLF) =~-_;;_;;_----=---~ CEERs~cLF Where: CEERSS and CEERSS_CLF = combined energy efficiency ratios for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner without and with cycling losses, respectively, calculated in section 5.5.6 of this appendix, in Btu/Wh. 5.5.8 Dual-Duct Variable-Speed Portable Air Conditioner Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio. Calculate the sample unit’s final combined energy efficiency ratio, CEER, in Btu/Wh, as follows: CEER = CEERUA × (1 + Fp) Where: CEER = combined energy efficiency ratio for the sample unit, in Btu/Wh. CEERUA = unadjusted combined energy efficiency ratio for the sample unit, calculated in section 5.4 of this appendix, in Btu/Wh. Fp = sample unit’s performance adjustment factor, calculated in section 5.5.7 of this appendix.’’ (3) Representations. Midea may not make representations about the efficiency of a basic model listed in paragraph (1) of this Interim Waiver Order for compliance, marketing, or other purposes unless that basic model has been tested in accordance with the provisions set forth in this alternate test procedure and such representations PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0.8 0.001 5.5.7 Combined-Duct VariableSpeed Portable Air Conditioner Performance Adjustment Factor. Calculate the sample unit’s performance adjustment factor, Fp,, as follows: F ] + (AECa3 ss + AECT) x fairly disclose the results of such testing. (4) This Interim Waiver Order shall remain in effect according to the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27. (5) This Interim Waiver Order is issued on the condition that the statements, representations, test data, and documentary materials provided by Midea are valid. If Midea makes any modifications to the controls or configurations of a basic model subject to this Interim Waiver Order, the waiver will be invalid with respect to that basic model Midea either would be required to use the current Federal test method or submit a new application for a test procedure waiver. DOE may rescind or modify this waiver at any time if it determines the factual basis underlying the petition for the Interim Waiver Order is incorrect, or the results from the alternate test procedure are unrepresentative of the basic model’s true energy consumption characteristics. 10 CFR 430.27(k)(1). Likewise, Midea may request that DOE rescind or modify the Interim Waiver Order if Midea discovers an error in the information provided to DOE as part of its petition, determines that the interim waiver is no longer needed, or for other appropriate reasons. 10 CFR 430.27(k)(2). (6) Issuance of this Interim Waiver Order does not release Midea from the applicable requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429. DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those basic models specifically set out in the petition, not future models that Midea may manufacture. Midea may submit a new or amended petition for waiver and E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 EN06AP21.006</GPH> Where: AEC83_SS = annual energy consumption for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner in cooling mode at the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in kWh/year. P83_SS = electrical power input for a 5.5.6 Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio for a Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner. Calculate the combined energy efficiency ratios for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner both without cycling losses, CEERSS, and with cycling losses, CEERSS_CLF, in Btu/Wh, according to the following equations: EN06AP21.005</GPH> AEC83_SS = P83_SS × 750 × 0.001 17813 17814 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices request for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for additional basic models of portable air conditioners. Alternatively, if appropriate, Midea may request that DOE extend the scope of a waiver or an interim waiver to include additional basic models employing the same technology as the basic model(s) set forth in the original petition consistent with 10 CFR 430.27(g). Signing Authority This document of the Department of Energy was signed on March 31, 2021, by Kelly J. Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. That document with the original signature and date is maintained by DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit the document in electronic format for publication, as an official document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the Federal Register. Signed in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2021. Treena V. Garrett, Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy. BEFORE THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON, DC 20585 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES In the Matter of: Energy Efficiency Program: Test Procedure for Portable Air Conditioners Petition of Midea for Waiver, and Application for Interim Waiver, of Test Procedure for Portable Air Conditioners Analysis Introduction The Midea Group, of which Midea is a part, is the world’s largest producer of major appliances, and the world’s No. 1 brand of air-treatment products, aircoolers, kettles, and rice cookers. It is also a world-leading technologies group in consumer appliances and HVAC systems. It offers diversified products, comprising consumer appliances (kitchen appliances, refrigerators, laundry appliances, and various small home appliances) and HVAC (residential air-conditioning, commercial air-conditioning, heating & ventilation). The Midea Group is committed to improving lives by adhering to the principle of ‘‘Creating Value for Customers.’’ It focuses on continuous technological innovation to improve products and services to make life more comfortable. The Midea Group’s worldwide headquarters are located at Midea Group headquarter building, No. 6 Midea Avenue, Beijiao, Shunde, Foshan, Guangdong, 528311 P.R. China; (tel. 011–86–757–2633–888); URL: www.midea.com/global. GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD, is located at No 6. Midea Avenue, Shunde Foshan, Guangdong, 528311 P.R. China. GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD. (Midea) hereby submits this Petition for Waiver, and Application for Interim Waiver, of the Department of Energy (DOE) Test Procedure for dual-duct portable air conditioners (PACs) in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, Appendix CC, pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27. Midea requests expedited treatment of the Petition and Application. Midea requests that DOE grant the requested Waiver and Interim Waiver because the current test procedure cannot be used to test dual-duct PACs with Midea’s duct-in-duct (combinedduct) technology, which combines the condenser inlet and outlet ducts into a single structure. Furthermore, the current test procedure does not properly measure the energy consumption of combined-duct PACs with variablespeed compressors (VSCs).11 This request is consistent with the approach used for VSCs in the Waiver granted to LG Electronics Inc. (LG) published June 2, 2020, 85 FR 33,643, for testing singleduct PACs with VSCs. It simply adds procedures to accommodate Midea’s combined-duct technology. Under DOE rules, this Waiver request should be granted. DOE also has authority to grant an Interim Waiver because the requested Waiver is likely be granted, because it would avoid economic hardship and competitive disadvantage to Midea, and because it would reflect sound public policy. I. Midea Group II. Basic Models Subject to the Waiver Request This Petition for Waiver, and Application for Interim Waiver, are for the following basic models of residential PACs manufactured by Midea. All models have Midea’s combined-duct technology: Brand Model No. Midea .......................................... Midea .......................................... Perfect aire ................................. Danby .......................................... Heat Controller LLC .................... Whynter ....................................... Whynter ....................................... Whynter ....................................... hOme .......................................... Vremi ........................................... Wappliance ................................. Perfect aire ................................. Danby .......................................... Heat Controller LLC .................... Whynter ....................................... Whynter ....................................... Whynter ....................................... hOme .......................................... Vremi ........................................... US–KC35Y1/BP3N8–PTB(CH3) ..................................................... US–KC30Y1/BP3N8–PTB(CG8) ..................................................... 1PORTV10000 ................................................................................ DPA100B9IWDB–6 ......................................................................... PSV–101D ....................................................................................... ARC–1030WN ................................................................................. ARC–1030BN .................................................................................. ARC–1030GN .................................................................................. HME020373N .................................................................................. VRM050703N .................................................................................. BPI10MW ........................................................................................ 1PORTVP10000 .............................................................................. DPA100HB9IWDB–6 ....................................................................... PSHV–101D .................................................................................... ARC–1030WNH .............................................................................. ARC–1030GNH ............................................................................... ARC–1030BNH ............................................................................... HME020374N .................................................................................. VRM050704N .................................................................................. 11 Midea intends to manufacture such units using both standard compressors and VSCs. It expects to VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 Compressor type Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed add models that do not have VSCs to this waiver request. PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... Unit type Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. 17815 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices Brand Model No. Wappliance ................................. Perfect aire ................................. Danby .......................................... Heat Controller LLC .................... Whynter ....................................... Whynter ....................................... Whynter ....................................... hOme .......................................... Vremi ........................................... Wappliance ................................. Perfectaire ................................... Danby .......................................... Heat Controller LLC .................... Whynter ....................................... Whynter ....................................... Whynter ....................................... hOme .......................................... Vremi ........................................... Wappliance ................................. Midea .......................................... Midea .......................................... Midea .......................................... BPI10HMW ...................................................................................... 1PORTV12000 ................................................................................ DPA120B9IWDB–6 ......................................................................... PSV–121D ....................................................................................... ARC–1230WN ................................................................................. ARC–1230BN .................................................................................. ARC–1230GN .................................................................................. HME020375N .................................................................................. VRM050705N .................................................................................. BPI12MW ........................................................................................ 1PORTVP12000 .............................................................................. DPA120HB9IWDB–6 ....................................................................... PSHV–121D .................................................................................... ARC–1230WNH .............................................................................. ARC–1230GNH ............................................................................... ARC–1230BNH ............................................................................... HME020376N .................................................................................. VRM050706N .................................................................................. BPI12HMW ...................................................................................... MPPTB–12HRN8–BCH4 ................................................................. MPPTB–12CRN8–BCH4 ................................................................. MPPTB–10CRN8–BCG8 ................................................................. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES III. Requested Waiver Midea requests a waiver to test the energy consumption of the above residential PACs using the test procedure detailed in the waiver for PACs granted to LG,2 published on June 2, 2020, with modifications needed to account for dual-duct units incorporating Midea’s combined-duct technology. Strong demand for advanced energy efficient PACs led Midea to design dualduct PACs with dramatic energy savings, and the ability to maintain the desired temperature without cycling the compressor motor and fans on and off by using inverter driven VSCs. The unit responds automatically to surrounding conditions by adjusting the compressor rotational speed based upon demand. This results in faster cooling and much more efficient operation through optimizing the speed of the compressor to make minimal adjustments as the room temperature rises and falls. The current DOE test procedure tests dual-duct PACs at two operating conditions, one measuring performance at a high outdoor operating temperature and one measuring performance at a lower outdoor operating temperature, without addressing the ability of VSCs to adjust their operating speed based on the demand load of the conditioned space. As such, the test procedure does not take into account the full range of performance and efficiency benefits of a VSC operating under part-load conditions. Other DOE test standards, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 Compressor type such as for central air conditioners—and the test procedures approved through waivers granted to Midea and LG for room air conditioners and to LG for PACs—include part-load test conditions that account for the improved efficiency benefit from VSCs that modulate their operation to account for changing conditions to the environment, rather than cycling the compressor on and off. Additionally, the current test procedure prevents the testing of Midea’s combined-duct technology because the condenser inlet and outlet air streams are incorporated into the same structure. Since the airflow both in and out of the condenser must be measured at the same time, modifications are needed to adapt Midea’s combined-duct technology to DOE’s test procedure and standard airflow measurement lab apparatuses. The DOE test procedure does not take into account a specially designed adapter that is needed for measuring the airflows. IV. Regulatory Framework DOE’s regulations provide that the Assistant Secretary ‘‘will’’ grant a Petition to a manufacturer upon a ‘‘determination that the basic model for which the waiver was requested contains a design characteristic which either prevents testing of the basic model according to the prescribed test procedures, or the prescribed test procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative of its true energy consumption PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed Variable-Speed ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... Unit type Heat-Cool. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Cool-only. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Heat-Cool. Cool-only. Cool-only. characteristics as to provide materially inaccurate comparative data.’’ See 10 CFR 430.27 (emphasis supplied). As noted, the current DOE test procedure, 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, Appendix CC, requires that dual-duct PACs be tested at two operating conditions, one measuring peak load performance at a high outdoor operating temperature, and one measuring a reduced load performance at a lower outdoor operating temperature, and does not make any account for dualduct PACs offering variable speed operation based upon different air test conditions. As a result, Midea’s new dual-duct VSC PACs cannot be tested in a way that accurately reflects the energy saving benefits of VSC technology. If Midea were to test its dual-duct VSC PACs to the current test procedure the results would be wholly unrepresentative of their true energy consumption. Moreover, the models in Section II of this application cannot be tested using the current test procedure because the combined-duct design means that airflows from the inlet and outlet of the condenser must be measured together, at the same time, as seen in Figure 1. This requires a specially designed adapter that, naturally, is not part of the current test procedure. In addition, the duct heat transfer for the combined duct requires specific instructions on where to place the thermocouples so the heat transfer can be accounted for, which the current test procedure does not provide. E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 17816 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices Condenser Inlet Airflow Condenser Outlet Airflow khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES V. Other Manufacturers With Similar Design Characteristics To the best of Midea’s knowledge, (i) Midea is the only manufacturer of dualduct PACs with combined-duct technology, both with and without VSCs, in the U.S. market; and (ii) Midea and LG are the only manufacturers of PACs with VSC technology in the U.S. market. VI. Proposed Modifications to the Test Procedure Midea proposes the following alternative test method to evaluate the performance of the basic models listed in Section II. This alternative test method is the same as the existing procedure for PACs per Appendix CC, except it accounts for the combinedduct technology by describing the means to measure and calculate duct heat transfer and by providing a provision that requires a special adapter be used during testing and evaluation to measure the inlet and outlet condenser airflows. Additionally, the modified test procedure accounts for the increased efficiency of using VSCs, similar to the approach in the waver granted to LG published June 2, 2020.12 Specifically: Midea shall be required to test the performance of the basic models listed in the Section II hereto according to the test procedure for portable air conditioners in 10 CFR, Part 430, Subpart B, Appendix CC, and the waiver granted to LG published on June 2, 2020, except as follows: 12 Id. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 Add the following after ‘‘This appendix covers the test requirements used to measure the energy performance of single-duct and dual-duct’’ in section 1 of Appendix CC: ‘‘, including combined-duct,’’. Include the following sections from the LG waiver: ‘‘2.11 Single-speed means a type of portable air conditioner that does not automatically adjust either the compressor or fan speed, or both, based on the detected outdoor conditions.’’ ‘‘2.12 Variable-speed means a type of portable air conditioner that can automatically adjust compressor and fan speed, only compressor speed, or only fan speed, based on the detected outdoor conditions.’’ Replace the following sections from the LG waiver, with: ‘‘2.13 Full compressor speed (full) means the compressor speed specified by the manufacturer at which the unit operates at full load testing conditions. Note—full compressor speed may be different at different test conditions.’’ ‘‘2.14 Low compressor speed (low) means the compressor speed specified by the manufacturer at which the unit operates at low load test conditions, such that Capacity83_Low, the measured cooling capacity at test condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, is no less than 50 percent and no greater than 60 percent of the measured cooling capacity with the full compressor speed at test condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix.’’ Modify section 2.15 of the LG waiver by replacing the word ‘‘single’’ with the PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 word ‘‘dual’’. Add new section 2.16 to Appendix CC as follows: ‘‘2.16 Combined-duct portable air conditioner—a version of dual-duct portable air conditioner where the ducts for the condenser inlet and outlet air are housed in the same structure.’’ Replace the sentence ‘‘Note that if a product is able to operate as both a single-duct and dual-duct portable AC as distributed in commerce by the manufacturer, it must be tested and rated for all applicable duct configurations.’’ in section 3.1.1 of Appendix CC with: ‘‘Note that if a product is able to operate in multiple duct configurations, including single-duct, combined-duct, and dual-duct portable AC as distributed in commerce by the manufacturer, it must be tested and rated for all applicable duct configurations.’’ Add the following after ‘‘Do not apply additional sealing or insulation.’’ to Appendix CC section 3.1.1.1: ‘‘For combined-duct portable air conditioners a special adapter is needed for testing to properly measure the condenser inlet and outlet airflows. This adapter must be provided by the manufacturer and allow connection of the condenser inlet and outlet airflows to the test lab’s airflow measuring apparatuses.’’ Replace the sentence in Appendix CC section 3.1.1.6 with the following to account for the combination duct temperature measurements: ‘‘Duct temperature measurements. Install any insulation and sealing E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 EN06AP21.007</GPH> Figure J: PAC with combined-duct technology 17817 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices provided by the manufacturer. Then adhere eight equally spaced thermocouples to the outer surface of the duct, ensuring that the thermocouples are distributed equally on both the inlet and outlet portion of the combined-duct. Measure the surface temperature of the combined duct. Temperature measurements must have an error no greater than ±0.5 °F over the range being measured.’’ Include the modifications for section 3.1.2 of Appendix CC as defined in the LG waiver: ‘‘3.1.2 Control settings. Set the controls to the lowest available temperature setpoint for cooling mode. If the portable air conditioner has a user-adjustable fan speed, select the maximum fan speed setting. If the portable air conditioner has an automatic louver oscillation feature, disable that feature throughout testing. If the louver oscillation feature is included but there is no option to disable it, test with the louver oscillation enabled. If the portable air conditioner has adjustable louvers, position the louvers parallel with the air flow to maximize air flow and minimize static pressure loss. Set the compressor speed during cooling mode testing as described in section 4.1, as amended by this interim waiver.’’ Replace section 4.1 of Appendix CC with the following to account for both single-speed and variable-speed compressor units as listed in Section II of this petition: ‘‘4.1 Cooling mode. Instead of the test conditions in Table 3 of ANSI/ AHAM PAC–1–2015, establish the test conditions presented in Table 1 of this appendix. Test each single-speed sample unit twice, once at test condition 1 and once at test condition 2 in Table 1. Test each variable-speed sample unit three times, once at each test condition in Table 1. For each test condition, measure the sample unit’s indoor room cooling capacity and overall power input in cooling mode in accordance with Section 7.1.b and 7.1.c of ANSI/ AHAM PAC–1–2015 (incorporated by reference; see § 430.3), respectively, and determine the test duration in accordance with Section 8.7 of ASHRAE Standard 37–2009 (incorporated by reference; § 430.3). Conduct the first test, for both single and variable-speed units, in accordance with ambient conditions for test condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, with the compressor speed set to full, for the duration of cooling mode testing (Capacity95, P95), which represents an outdoor temperature operating condition of 95 °F dry-bulb and 67 °F wet-bulb temperatures. Conduct the second test in accordance with the ambient conditions for test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, with the compressor speed set to full, for the duration of cooling mode testing (Capacity83, P83), which represents an outdoor temperature operating condition of 83 °F dry-bulb and 67.5 °F wet-bulb temperatures. For variable-speed units only, conduct the third test in accordance with the ambient conditions for test condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, with the compressor speed set to low for the duration of the cooling mode testing (Capacity83_Low, P83_Low), which represents an outdoor temperature operating condition of 83 °F dry-bulb and 67.5 °F wet-bulb temperatures. Set the compressor speed required for each test condition in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.’’ Replace Table 1 of Appendix CC with the following: TABLE 1—EVAPORATOR (INDOOR) AND CONDENSER (OUTDOOR) INLET TEST CONDITIONS Evaporator inlet air, °F (°C) Test configuration Dry bulb Dual-Duct, Condition 1 ........................................................ Dual-Duct, Condition 2 ........................................................ Dual-Duct, Condition 3 ........................................................ Modify Appendix CC section 4.1.1 with the following after ‘‘Calculate the surface area’’: , ACD, to the following equation: For combined-duct portable air conditioners: ACD = P × L khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Where: ACD = the outer area of the combined-duct, in square feet. L = the extended length of the combined-duct while under test, in feet. P = the perimeter of the combined-duct, as measured following the instructions below, in ft. Measure the perimeter of the combined-duct air conditioners using a flexible measuring tape, or equivalent, by wrapping the measuring tape around the outside of the combined-duct, making sure the tape is on the outermost ridges. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 Wet bulb 80 (26.7) 80 (26.7) 80 (26.7) 67 (19.4) 67 (19.4) 67 (19.4) Calculate the total heat transferred from the surface of the duct(s) to the indoor conditioned space while operating in cooling mode for the outdoor test conditions in Table 1 of this appendix, as follows. For combined-duct portable air conditioners: QCD_95 = h × ACD × (TCD_95¥Tei) QCD_83 = h × ACD × (TCD_83¥Tei) QCD_83_Low = h × ACD × (TCD_83_ Low¥Tei) Where: QCD_95, QCD_83, and QCD_83_Low = for combined-duct portable air conditioners, the total heat transferred from the ducts to the indoor conditioned space in cooling mode, in Btu/h, when tested according to test condition 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively. TCD_95, TCD_83, and TCD_83_Low = average surface temperature for the duct, as PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Condenser inlet air, °F (°C) Dry bulb 95 (35.0) 83 (28.3) 83 (28.3) Wet bulb 75 (23.9) 67.5 (19.7) 67.5 (19.7) Condenser speed Full. Full. Low. measured during testing according to the three outdoor test conditions in Table 1 of this appendix, in °F. ACD = the outer area of the combined-duct, in square feet. h = convection coefficient, 3 Btu/h per square foot per °F. Replace section 4.1.2 in Appendix CC with the following: ‘‘4.1.2 Infiltration Air Heat Transfer. Measure the heat contribution from infiltration air for dual- duct portable air conditioners that draw at least part of the condenser air from the conditioned space. Calculate the heat contribution from infiltration air for dual-duct portable air conditioners for all cooling mode outdoor test conditions, as described in this section. Calculate the dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air according to the following equations: E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 17818 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices = [Vco_95 X Pco_95] _ rhgs (1 + Wco_9s) . [Vci_95 X Pci_95] (1 + Wci_9s) _ [Vco_83 X Pco_83] _ [Vci_83 X Pci_83] (1 + Wco_83) (1 + Wci_83) m93 Low - . _ [Vco 83 Low X Pco 83 Low] _ (1 + Wco_83_Low) m93 low - khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES - Where: ˙ 95, m ˙ 83 and m ˙ 83_Low = dry air mass flow rate m of infiltration air for dual-duct portable air conditioners, as calculated based on testing according to the test conditions in Table 1 of this appendix, in lb/m. Vco_95, Vco_83 and Vco_83_Low = average volumetric flow rate of the condenser outlet air during cooling mode testing for single-duct portable air conditioners; and at the 95 °F and 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in cubic feet per minute (cfm). Vci_95, Vci_83 and Vci_83_Low = average volumetric flow rate of the condenser inlet air during cooling mode testing at the 95 °F and 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in cfm. rco_95, rco_83 and rco_83_Low = average density of the condenser outlet air during cooling mode testing for single-duct portable air conditioners, and at the 95 °F and 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in pounds mass per cubic foot (lbm/ft3). rci_95, rci_83 and rci_83_Low = average density of the condenser inlet air during cooling mode testing at the 95 °F and 83 °F drybulb outdoor conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in lbm/ft3. wco_95, wco_83 and wco_83_Low = average humidity ratio of condenser outlet air during cooling mode testing for singleduct portable air conditioners, and at the 95 °F and 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in pounds mass of water vapor per pounds mass of dry air (lbw/lbda). wci_95, wci_83 and wci_83_Low = average humidity ratio of condenser inlet air during cooling mode testing at the 95 °F and 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in lbw/lbda. Calculate the sensible component of infiltration air heat contribution according to: ˙ × 60 × [cp_da × (Tia_95 ¥ Qs_95 = m Tindoor) + (cp_wv × (wia_95 × Tia_95 ¥ windoor × Tindoor))] VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 [vci 83 Low X Pei 83 Low] (1 + Wci_83_Low) ˙ × 60 × [(cp_da × (Tia_83 ¥ Qs_83 = m Tindoor) + (cp_wv × (wia_83 × Tia_83 ¥ windoor × Tindoor))] ˙ × 60 × [(cp_da × (Tia_83 ¥ Qs_83_Low = m Tindoor) + (cp_wv × (wia_83 × Tia_83 ¥ windoor × Tindoor)) Where: Qs_95, Qs_83 and Qs_83_Low = sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, calculated at the 1, 2, and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. ˙ = dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air, m ˙ SD or m ˙ 95 when calculating Qs_95 and m ˙ SD or m ˙ 83 when calculating Qs_83 and m ˙ 83_Low when calculating Qs_83_Low, in m lb/m. cp_da = specific heat of dry air, 0.24 Btu/lbm ¥ °F. cp_wv = specific heat of water vapor, 0.444 Btu/lbm ¥ °F. Tindoor = indoor chamber dry-bulb temperature, 80 °F. Tia_95 and Tia_83 = infiltration air dry-bulb temperatures for the three test conditions in Table 1 of this appendix, 95 °F and 83 °F, respectively. wia_95 and wia_83 = humidity ratios of the 95 °F and 83 °F dry-bulb infiltration air, 0.0141 and 0.01086 lbw/lbda, respectively. windoor = humidity ratio of the indoor chamber air, 0.0112 lbw/lbda. 60 = conversion factor from minutes to hours. Calculate the latent heat contribution of the infiltration air according to: ˙ × 60 × Hfg × (wia_95 ¥ windoor) Ql_95 = m ˙ × 60 × Hfg × (wia_83 ¥ windoor) Ql_83 = m ˙ × 60 × Hfg × (wia_83 ¥ Ql_83_Low = m windoor) Where: Ql_95, Ql_83 and Ql_83_LOW = latent heat added to the room by infiltration air, calculated at the 1, 2, and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. ˙ = mass flow rate of infiltration air, m ˙ SD or m ˙ 95 when calculating Ql_95 and m ˙ SD or m ˙ 83 when calculating Ql_83 and m ˙ 83_Low m when calculating Qs_83_Low, in lb/m. Hfg = latent heat of vaporization for water vapor, 1061 Btu/lbm. wia_95 and wia_83 = humidity ratios of the 95 °F and 83 °F dry-bulb infiltration air, 0.0141 and 0.01086 lbw/lbda, respectively. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 windoor = humidity ratio of the indoor chamber air, 0.0112 lbw/lbda. 60 = conversion factor from minutes to hours. The total heat contribution of the infiltration air is the sum of the sensible and latent heat: Qinfiltration_95 = Qs_95 + Ql_95 Qinfiltration_83 = Qs_83 + Ql_83 Qinfiltration_83_Low = Qs_83_Low + Ql_83_Low Where: Qinfiltration_95, Qinfiltration_83 and Qinfiltration_83_Low = total infiltration air heat in cooling mode, calculated at the 1, 2, and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. Qs_95, Qs_83 and Qs_83_Low = sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, calculated at the 1, 2, and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. Ql_95, Ql_83 and Ql_83_Low = latent heat added to the room by infiltration air, calculated at the 1, 2, and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h. Modify section 5.1 of Appendix CC after ‘‘Calculate the adjusted cooling capacities for portable air conditioners, ACC95, ACC83,’’ with the following: ‘‘and ACC83_Low expressed in Btu/h, according to the following equations: ACC95 = Capacity95—QCD_95 ¥ Qinfiltration_95 ACC83 = Capacity83 — QCD_83 ¥ Qinfiltration_83 ACC83_Low = Capacity83_Low ¥ QCD_83_ Low ¥ Qinfiltration_83_Low Where: Capacity95, Capacity83, and Capacity83_Low = cooling capacity measured in section 4.1.1 of this appendix. QCD_95, QCD_83, and QCD_83_Low = duct heat transfer while operating in cooling mode, calculated in section 4.1.1.1 of this appendix. Qinfiltration_95, Qinfiltration_83, and Qinfiltration_83_ Low = total infiltration air heat transfer in cooling mode, calculated in section 4.1.1.2 of this appendix.’’ Replace the table of Annual Operating Hours in Appendix CC section 5.3 with the following: E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 EN06AP21.008</GPH> - Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices Change the definition of variable ‘‘m’’ in Appendix CC section 5.3 to the following: ‘‘m represents the operating mode 750 (‘‘95’’ for test condition 1, ‘‘83’’ for test condition 2, ‘‘83_Low’’ for test 750 condition 3, ‘‘oc’’ off cycle, and ‘‘ia’’ inactive or ‘‘om’’ off mode).’’ 750 Replace section 5.4 of Appendix CC 880 1,355 with the following: Annual operating hours CEERss I I I I = 5 3 ] x 0·8 ] AECAC~ x 0. 2 + AECAC~ 95 + AECr 83 + AECr ( 750 X 0.001 ) ( 750 X 0.001 ) For Variable Speed Units: CEERuA = ACC95 ] ACCa3 Low ] AEC95 + AECT) x 0. 2 + (AEC83 Low + AECT ) x 0. 8 ( 750 X 0.001 750 X 0.001 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Where: CEERSS = combined energy efficiency ratio for the single-speed portable air conditioner, in Btu/Wh. ACC95, ACC83 and ACC83_Low = adjusted cooling capacity, in Btu/h, calculated in section 5.1 of this appendix. CEERUA = combined energy efficiency ratio for the variable-speed portable air conditioner, in Btu/Wh. AEC95, AEC83, and AEC83_Low = annual energy consumption for the cooling mode tests, in kWh/year, calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix. AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to all modes except cooling, in kWh/year, calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix. 750 = number of cooling mode hours per year. 0.01 kWh/Wh = conversion factor for watthours to kilowatt-hours. 0.2 = weighting factor for the 95 °F dry-bulb outdoor condition test. 0.8 = weighting factor for the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor condition test.’’ Modify section 5.5 of the LG waiver by adding the following after ‘‘Adjust the combined energy efficiency ratio’’ and before ‘‘as follows.’’: ‘‘for variable speed units’’ Modify section 5.5.1 of the LG waiver by replacing everything after ‘‘Calculate the cooling capacity and cooling capacity with cycling losses, expressed in British thermal units per hour (Btu/ h), and electrical power input, expressed in watts, for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner’’ with the following: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 ‘‘at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix. A theoretical comparable single-speed compressor has the same cooling capacity and electrical input, with cycling losses, as the tested per test condition 2 in Table 4.1 of this appendix and further adjusted to account for the different compressor speeds. Capacity83_SS = Capacity83 × FCap Capacity83_SS_CLF = Capacity83_SS × 0.875 P83_SS = P83 × FCap Where: Capacity83_SS = theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner cooling capacity, in Btu/h, calculated for test condition 2 in Table 1. Capacity83_SS_CLF = theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner cooling capacity with cycling losses, in Btu/h, calculated for test condition 2 in Table 1. Capacity83 = variable-speed portable air conditioner cooling capacity, in Btu/h, determined in section 4.1 of this appendix for test condition 2 in Table 1. P83_SS = theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner electrical power input, in watts, calculated for test condition 2 in Table 1. P83 = variable-speed portable air conditioner electrical power input, in watts, determined in section 4.1 of this appendix for test condition 2 in Table 1. 0.875 = cycling loss factor for the 83 °F drybulb outdoor temperature operating condition. FCap = adjustment factor to account for different compressor speeds at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 between single-speed and variable-speed compressors, 0.92.’’ Delete section 5.5.2 from the LG waiver. This section is not needed, and instead the duct loss for a comparable single speed unit is accounted for in section 4.1.1. Delete section 5.5.3 from the LG waiver. This section is not needed, and instead the infiltration for a comparable single speed unit is accounted for in section 4.1.2. Replace section 5.5.4 in the LG waiver with the following: ‘‘5.5.4 Adjusted Cooling Capacity for a Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Test Condition. Calculate the adjusted cooling capacity for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner operating at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix with and without cycling losses, ACC83_SS and ACC 83_SS_CLF, respectively, expressed in Btu/h, according to the following equation: ACC83_SS = Capacity83_SS ¥ QCD_83 ¥ Qinfiltration_83 ACC83_SS_CLF = Capacity83_SS_CLF ¥ QCD_83 ¥ Qinfiltration_83 Where: ACC83_SS and ACC83_SS_CLF = adjusted cooling capacity for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix without and with cycling losses, respectively, in Btu/h. Capacity83_SS and Capacity83_SS_CLF = theoretical comparable single-speed E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 EN06AP21.010</GPH> Cooling Mode, Dual-Duct test condition 1 ................................. Cooling Mode, Dual-Duct test condition 2 ................................. Cooling Mode, Dual-Duct, test condition 3 ................................. Off-Cycle ....................................... Inactive or Off ............................... ‘‘5.4 Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio. Using the annual operating hours, as outlined in section. 5.3 of this appendix, calculate the combined energy efficiency ratios, CEERSS and CEERUA, expressed in Btu/ Wh, according to the following: For Single-Speed Units: EN06AP21.009</GPH> Operating mode 17819 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices portable air conditioner cooling capacity without and with cycling losses, respectively, in Btu/h, at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, calculated in section 5.5.1 of this appendix. QCD_83 = total heat transferred from the ducts to the indoor conditioned space in cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h, calculated in section 4.1.1 of this appendix. Qinfiltration_83_SS = total infiltration air heat in cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h, calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix.’’ Modify section 5.5.5 in the LG waiver by replacing everything after ‘‘Calculate the annual energy consumption in cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at’’ with the following: ‘‘test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in kWh/year, according to the following equations: AEC83_SS = P83_SS × 750 × 0.001 Where: AEC83_SS = annual energy consumption for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner in cooling mode at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in kWh/year. P83_SS = electrical power input for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner electrical power input at condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in watts, calculated in section xo.z+[ khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES CBBR=, = Where: CEERSS and CEERSS_CLF = combined energy efficiency ratio for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner without and with cycling losses considered, respectively, in Btu/ Wh. ACC95 = adjusted cooling capacity for the sample unit, as calculated in section 5.1 of this appendix, when tested at test condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix that is representative of operation at the 95 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition, in Btu/h. ACC83 and ACC83_SS_CLF = adjusted cooling capacity for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix without and with cycling losses, respectively, as calculated in section 5.5.4 of this appendix, in Btu/h. AEC95 = annual energy consumption for the sample unit, as calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix, for cooling mode operation at test condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix that represents operation at a 95 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition, in kWh/year. AEC83_SS = annual energy consumption for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner in cooling mode at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, calculated in section 5.5.5 of this appendix, in kWh/year. AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to all operating modes except cooling for the sample unit, calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix, in kWh/ year. 750 and 0.001 as defined previously in this section. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 l(•:~il. 02 + 5.5.1 of this appendix. 750 = number of cooling mode hours per year, as defined in section 5.3 of this appendix. 0.001 kWh/Wh = conversion factor from watt-hours to kilowatt-hours. Replace section 5.5.6 of the LG waiver with the following: ‘‘5.5.6 Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio for a Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner. Calculate the combined energy efficiency ratio for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner without and with cycling, CEERSS, and with cycling losses, CEERSS_CLF, in Btu/Wh, according to the following equations: ACCaus I( x:OJJ 0.2 = weighting factor for the 95 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition. 0.8 = weighting factor for the 83 °F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition.’’ and measure the duct heat transfer. Midea has also demonstrated that its approach is consistent with waivers granted by DOE to other manufacturers with VSC technology. VII. Additional Justification for Interim Waiver Application b. Economic Hardship Would Be Caused by Denial of an Interim Waiver a. There Is a Strong Likelihood That the Waiver Will Be Granted In the absence of an Interim Waiver, Midea will lack certainty as to whether it can launch these combined-duct PACs with VSCs. Midea believes there will be strong consumer demand for these PACs, and the inability to market due to the denial of an Interim Waiver will cause economic hardship and competitive disadvantage to Midea. This is because there are exceptionally long lead times and significant expenses associated with the design and manufacturer of PACs. Compliance with energy consumption standards is a critical design factor for all of Midea’s PACs. Any delay in obtaining clarity on this issue will force Midea to postpone key decisions regarding its investments to build, launch and market these PACs. In the event that this Interim Waiver is not approved, Midea would not be able to move forward with the launch of these models, resulting in a multimillion-dollar impact to the company and would require costly contingency plans and put us at a competitive disadvantage to competitors. This Petition provides strong evidence that the Waiver will be granted. A Waiver is appropriate because the current test procedure does not accurately reflect the energy efficiency of models with VSCs since it tests only in the full load condition at two test points. These compressors can vary the rotational speed based upon the difference in unit set-point and the ambient temperature of the conditioned space, and will optimize the energy usage based on these conditions that can result in a greater compressor speed at less load. A PAC without a VSC cannot operate in this fashion as the compressor is either on at full capacity or off. The test procedure in the waiver granted to LG published on June 2, 2020, will account for energy being used at different test conditions with some modification for Midea’s units. Additionally, the current test procedure does not account for Midea’s unique combined- duct technology that requires special provisions to measure the inlet and outlet condenser airflow PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 EN06AP21.011</GPH> 17820 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / Notices Pedricktown Cogeneration Company LP, Susquehanna Nuclear, LLC, Talen Montana, LLC, York Generation The grant of an Interim Waiver is also Company LLC, TrailStone Energy supported by sound public policy. The Marketing, LLC. models for which an interim waiver is Description: Supplement to April 27, sought utilize technological advances 2020 Notification of Change in Status of that increase energy efficiency, reduce the Indicated MBR Sellers. energy consumption, lower costs for Filed Date: 3/29/21. consumers, and provide enhanced Accession Number: 20210329–5273. Dated: March 31, 2021. comfort. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/19/21. Kimberly D. Bose, Conclusion Docket Numbers: ER21–772–000. Secretary. Applicants: Resi Station, LLC. Midea respectfully requests that DOE [FR Doc. 2021–07076 Filed 4–5–21; 8:45 am] Description: Response to February 24, grant this Petition for Waiver and BILLING CODE P 2021 Deficiency Letter of Resi Station, Application for Interim Waiver. By LLC. granting this Waiver, DOE will ensure Filed Date: 3/26/21. that consumers will have access to new, DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Accession Number: 20210326–5228. innovative and energy efficient Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/16/21. Federal Energy Regulatory combined-duct PACs with and without Docket Numbers: ER21–787–001. Commission VSCs. Applicants: ISO New England Inc. Respectfully submitted, Combined Notice of Filings #1 Description: Tariff Amendment: ISO /s/ lllllllllllllllllll New England Inc.; Response to Take notice that the Commission Scott Blake Harris Commission Deficiency Notice; ER21– received the following electric rate John Hodges 787–000 to be effective 5/29/2021. filings: Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, 1919 M Filed Date: 3/30/21. Docket Numbers: ER15–705–008. Street NW, Washington, DC 20036, Counsel Accession Number: 20210330–5269. Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric for GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/20/21. Co. LTD. Company. Docket Numbers: ER21–1553–000. Description: Compliance filing: [FR Doc. 2021–07025 Filed 4–5–21; 8:45 am] Applicants: Luna Storage, LLC. Compliance filing CCSF IA and TFAs BILLING CODE 6450–01–P Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Luna Following Order on Compliance (TO SA Storage, LLC MISA Certificate of 284) to be effective 7/23/2015. Concurrence to be effective 3/31/2021. Filed Date: 3/30/21. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Filed Date: 3/30/21. Accession Number: 20210330–5158 Accession Number: 20210330–5002. Federal Energy Regulatory Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/20/21. Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/20/21. Commission Docket Numbers: ER15–705–009. Docket Numbers: ER21–1554–000. Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric Notice of Waiver Period for Water Applicants: Luna Storage, LLC. Company. Quality Certification Application Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Luna Description: Compliance filing: Storage, LLC LGIA Certificate of Compliance filing CCSF IA and TFAs Project No. Following Order on Compliance (TO SA Concurrence to be effective 3/31/2021. Filed Date: 3/30/21. Eagle Creek Hydro Power, LLC ......... 10482–122 284) to be effective 7/1/2015. Eagle Creek Water Resources, LLC Accession Number: 20210330–5003. Filed Date: 3/30/21. Eagle Creek Land Resources, LLC Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/20/21. Accession Number: 20210330–5159. Eagle Creek Hydro Power, LLC ......... 10481–069 Docket Numbers: ER21–1555–000. Eagle Creek Water Resources, LLC Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/20/21. Eagle Creek Land Resources, LLC Applicants: New Mexico Wind, LLC. Docket Numbers: ER15–2013–010; Eagle Creek Hydro Power, LLC ......... 9690–115 Description: Baseline eTariff Filing: ER12–2510–009; ER15–2014–005; Eagle Creek Water Resources, LLC Reactive Power Compensation Filing to Eagle Creek Land Resources, LLC ER10–2435–016; ER10–2440–012; be effective 3/31/2021. ER10–2442–014; ER12–2512–009; Filed Date: 3/30/21. On March 30, 2021, Eagle Creek ER19–481–002; ER15–2018–005; ER18– Accession Number: 20210330–5004. Hydro Power, LLC, Eagle Creek Water 2252–001; ER10–3286–013; ER15–2022– Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/20/21. Resources, LLC, and Eagle Creek Land 005; ER10–3299–012; ER10–2444–016; Docket Numbers: ER21–1556–000. Resources, LLC (co-licensees) submitted ER10–2446–012; ER15–2026–005; Applicants: TGE Pennsylvania 202, to the Federal Energy Regulatory ER15–2020–008; ER10–2449–014; LLC, TGE Pennsylvania 203, LLC. Commission a copy of their application ER19–2250–002. Description: Petition for Waiver, et al. for a Clean Water Act section 401(a)(1) Applicants: Talen Energy Marketing, of TGE Pennsylvania 202, LLC, et al. water quality certification filed with the LLC, Brandon Shores LLC, Brunner Filed Date: 3/29/21. New York State Department of Island, LLC, Camden Plant Holding, Accession Number: 20210329–5316. Environmental Conservation (New York L.L.C., Dartmouth Power Associates Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/8/21. DEC), in conjunction with the above Limited Partnership, Elmwood Park captioned projects. Pursuant to 40 CFR Docket Numbers: ER21–1557–000. Power, LLC, H.A. Wagner LLC, LMBE 121.6, we hereby notify the New York Applicants: Leeward Renewable Project Company LLC, Martins Creek, DEC of the following: Energy, LLC. LLC, MC Project Company LLC, Date of Receipt of the Certification Description: Petition for Limited Millennium Power Partners, LP, Request: March 30, 2021. Waiver, et al. of Leeward Renewable Montour, LLC, New Athens Generating Reasonable Period of Time to Act on Energy, LLC. Company, LLC, Newark Bay the Certification Request: One year. Filed Date: 3/29/21. Cogeneration Partnership, L.P, C. Sound Public Policy Supports Grant of the Interim Waiver khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 17821 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 Apr 05, 2021 Jkt 253001 Date Waiver Occurs for Failure to Act: March 30, 2022. If the New York DEC fails or refuses to act on the water quality certification request by the above waiver date, then the agency’s certifying authority is deemed waived pursuant to section 401(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1341(a)(1). PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

[Case Number 2020-006; EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023]


Energy Conservation Program: Notification of Petition for Waiver 
of GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD From the Department of 
Energy Portable Air Conditioner Test Procedure and Notification of 
Grant of Interim Waiver

AGENCY: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of 
Energy.

ACTION: Notification of petition for waiver and grant of an interim 
waiver; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notification announces receipt of and publishes a 
petition for waiver and interim waiver from GD Midea Air Conditioning 
Equipment Co. LTD (``Midea''), which seeks a waiver for specified 
portable air conditioner basic models from the U.S. Department of 
Energy (``DOE'') test procedure used for determining the efficiency of 
portable air conditioners. DOE also gives notice of an Interim Waiver 
Order that requires Midea to test and rate the specified portable air 
conditioner basic models in accordance with the alternate test 
procedure set forth in the Interim Waiver Order. DOE solicits comments, 
data, and information concerning Midea's petition and its suggested 
alternate test procedure to inform DOE's final decision on Midea's 
waiver request.

DATES: The Interim Waiver Order is effective on April 6, 2021. Written

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comments and information are requested and will be accepted on or 
before May 6, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are encouraged to submit comments using 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. 
Alternatively, interested persons may submit comments, identified by 
case number ``2020-006'', and Docket number ``EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023,'' 
by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: [email protected]. Include Case No. 
2020-006 in the subject line of the message.
    No telefacsimilies (``faxes'') will be accepted. For detailed 
instructions on submitting comments and additional information on this 
process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
    Although DOE has routinely accepted public comment submissions 
through a variety of mechanism, including the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal, email, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier, the Department 
has found it necessary to make temporary modifications to the comment 
submission process in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. DOE is 
currently suspending receipt of public comments via postal mail and 
hand delivery/courier. If a commenter finds that this change poses an 
undue hardship, please contact Appliance Standards Program staff at 
(202) 586-1445 to discuss the need for alternative arrangements. Once 
the Covid-19 pandemic health emergency is resolved, DOE anticipates 
resuming all of its regular options for public comment submission, 
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in the docket. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for 
information on how to submit comments through http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Ms. Lucy deButts, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy 
Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, Mailstop 
EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585-0121. Email: 
[email protected].
    Ms. Sarah Butler, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General 
Counsel, Mail Stop GC-33, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue 
SW, Washington, DC 20585-0103. Telephone: (202) 586-1777. Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DOE is publishing Midea's petition for 
waiver in its entirety, pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iv),\1\ absent 
any confidential business information. DOE invites all interested 
parties to submit in writing by May 6, 2021, comments and information 
on all aspects of the petition, including the alternate test procedure. 
Pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27(d), any person submitting written comments to 
DOE must also send a copy of such comments to the petitioner. The 
contact information for the petitioner is Daniel L. Atkins, 
[email protected], Midea America Research Center, 2700 Chestnut 
Station Court, Louisville, KY 40299.
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    \1\ On December 11, 2020, DOE published an amendment to 10 CFR 
430.27 regarding the processing of petitions for an interim waiver, 
which became effective beginning January 11, 2021. 85 FR 79802. 
Midea's petition for waiver and petition for interim waiver were 
received prior to the effective date of that amendment. The interim 
waiver therefore is being processed pursuant to the regulation in 
effect at the time of receipt, i.e., 10 CFR 430.27 in the 10 CFR 
parts 200 to 499 edition revised as of January 1, 2020.
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exempt from public disclosure).

Case Number 2020-006

Interim Waiver Order

I. Background and Authority

    The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (``EPCA''),\1\ 
authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy (``DOE'') to regulate the 
energy efficiency of a number of consumer products and certain 
industrial equipment. (42 U.S.C. 6291-6317) Title III, Part B \2\ of 
EPCA established the Energy Conservation Program for Consumer Products 
Other Than Automobiles, which sets forth a variety of provisions 
designed to improve energy efficiency for certain types of consumer 
products. In addition to specifying a list of covered products and 
industrial equipment, EPCA contains provisions that enable the 
Secretary of Energy to classify additional types of consumer products 
as covered products. (42 U.S.C. 6292(a)(20)) In a final determination 
of coverage published in the Federal Register on April 18, 2016, DOE 
classified portable air conditioners as covered products under EPCA. 81 
FR 22514.
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    \1\ All references to EPCA in this document refer to the statute 
as amended through the Energy Act of 2020, Public Law 116-260 (Dec. 
27, 2020).
    \2\ For editorial reasons, upon codification in the U.S. Code, 
Part B was redesignated as Part A.
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    The energy conservation program under EPCA consists essentially of 
four parts: (1) Testing, (2) labeling, (3) Federal energy conservation 
standards, and (4) certification and enforcement procedures. Relevant 
provisions of EPCA include definitions (42 U.S.C. 6291), test 
procedures (42 U.S.C. 6293), labeling provisions (42 U.S.C. 6294), 
energy conservation standards (42 U.S.C. 6295), and the authority to 
require information and reports from manufacturers (42 U.S.C. 6296).
    The Federal testing requirements consist of test procedures that 
manufacturers of covered products must use as the basis for: (1) 
Certifying to DOE that their products comply with the applicable energy 
conservation standards adopted pursuant to EPCA (42 U.S.C. 6295(s)), 
and (2) making representations about the efficiency of that product (42 
U.S.C. 6293(c)). Similarly, DOE must use these test procedures to 
determine whether the product complies with relevant standards 
promulgated under EPCA. (42 U.S.C. 6295(s))
    Under 42 U.S.C. 6293, EPCA sets forth the criteria and procedures 
DOE is required to follow when prescribing or amending test procedures 
for covered products. EPCA requires that any test procedures prescribed 
or amended under this section must be reasonably designed to produce 
test results which reflect the energy efficiency, energy use or 
estimated annual operating cost of a covered product during a 
representative average use cycle or period of use and requires that 
test procedures not be unduly burdensome to conduct. (42 
U.S.C.6293(b)(3)) The test procedure for portable air conditioners is 
contained in the Code of Federal Regulations (``CFR'') at 10 CFR part 
430, subpart B, appendix CC (``Appendix CC'').
    Under 10 CFR 430.27, any interested person may submit a petition 
for waiver from DOE's test procedure requirements. DOE will grant a 
waiver from the test procedure requirements if DOE determines either 
that the basic model for which the waiver was requested contains a 
design characteristic that prevents testing of the basic model 
according to the prescribed test procedures, or that the prescribed 
test procedures evaluate the basic model in a manner so 
unrepresentative of its true energy consumption characteristics as to 
provide materially inaccurate comparative data. 10 CFR 430.27(f)(2). A 
petitioner must include in its petition any alternate test procedures 
known to the petitioner to evaluate the performance of the product type 
in a manner representative of the energy consumption characteristics of 
the basic model. 10 CFR 430.27(b)(1)(iii). DOE may grant the waiver 
subject to conditions, including adherence to alternate test 
procedures. 10 CFR 430.27(f)(2).
    As soon as practicable after the granting of any waiver, DOE will 
publish in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to 
amend its regulations to eliminate any need for the continuation of 
such waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(l). As soon thereafter as practicable, DOE 
will publish in the Federal Register a final rule to that effect. Id.
    The waiver process also provides that DOE may grant an interim 
waiver if it appears likely that the underlying petition for waiver 
will be granted and/or if DOE determines that it would be desirable for 
public policy reasons to grant immediate relief pending a determination 
on the underlying petition for waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(e)(2). Within one 
year of issuance of an interim waiver, DOE will either: (i) Publish in 
the Federal Register a determination on the petition for waiver; or 
(ii) publish in the Federal Register a new or amended test procedure 
that addresses the issues presented in the waiver. 10 CFR 430.27(h).
    When DOE amends the test procedure to address the issues presented 
in a waiver, the waiver will automatically terminate on the date on 
which use of that test procedure is required to demonstrate compliance. 
Id.

II. Midea's Petition for Waiver and Interim Waiver

    On June 29, 2020, Midea filed a petition for waiver and petition 
for interim waiver from the test procedure for portable air 
conditioners set forth at Appendix CC. (Midea, No. 1 at pp. 2-3 \3\) On 
July 10, 2020, Midea submitted a revised petition for waiver and 
application for interim waiver.\4\ On September 11, 2020, Midea 
submitted a request \5\ to include five additional basic models in 
their petition for waiver and petition for interim waiver. On November 
17, 2020, Midea submitted a request \6\ to include three additional

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basic models in their petition for waiver and petition for interim 
waiver.\7\ The current DOE test procedure at Appendix CC tests dual-
duct portable air conditioners at two operating conditions, one 
measuring performance at a high outdoor operating temperature and one 
measuring performance at a lower outdoor operating temperature. Midea 
asserts that this testing does not address the ability of variable-
speed compressors to adjust their operating speed based on the demand 
load of the conditioned space. Because of this, Midea indicated that 
the test procedure does not take into account the full range of 
performance and efficiency benefits of a variable-speed compressor 
operating under part-load conditions. Midea cited DOE's test procedure 
for central air conditioners, which includes part-load test conditions 
that account for the improved efficiency benefit from variable-speed 
compressors at 10 CFR 430 subpart B, appendix M1, section 3.2.4. Midea 
also referenced several waivers; first were two test procedure waivers 
for room air conditioners that contain variable-speed compressors: 
Midea's, granted on May 26, 2020, and LG Electronics Inc. (``LG'')'s, 
granted on May 8, 2019. 85 FR 31481; 84 FR 20111. Second was the 
portable air conditioner waiver DOE granted to LG on June 2, 2020. That 
waiver includes part-load test conditions to account for the improved 
efficiency benefit from variable-speed compressors. 85 FR 33643. Midea 
asserted that the basic models listed in the petition cannot be tested 
according to the test procedure at Appendix CC because their condenser 
inlet and outlet air streams are incorporated into the same structure 
using ``combined-duct technology.'' Midea stated that the test 
procedure does not provide for measuring airflow in and out of a single 
condenser duct at the same time, as would be required for units with a 
combined duct.
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    \3\ A notation in this form provides a reference for information 
that is in the docket for this test procedure waiver (Docket No. 
EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023) (available at https://www.regulations.gov/docket/EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023). This notation indicates that the 
statement preceding the reference is document number 1 in the docket 
and appears at pages 2-3 of that document.
    \4\ The revised petition for waiver and application for interim 
waiver is available at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023-0002.
    \5\ The request to include additional basic models is available 
at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023-0003.
    \6\ The request to include additional basic models is available 
at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023-0004.
    \7\ The brand and basic model numbers specified by Midea in its 
petition (including the September 11, 2020 and November 17, 2020 
submissions) are: Midea, US-KC35Y1/BP3N8-PTB(CH3); Midea, US-KC30Y1/
BP3N8-PTB(CG8); Perfect aire, 1PORTV10000; Danby, DPA100B9IWDB-6; 
Heat Controller LLC, PSV-101D; Whynter, ARC-1030WN; Whynter, ARC-
1030BN; Whynter, ARC-1030GN; hOme, HME020373N; Vremi, VRM050703N; 
Wappliance, BPI10MW; Perfect aire, 1PORTVP10000; Danby, 
DPA100HB9IWDB-6; Heat Controller LLC, PSHV-101D; Whynter, ARC-
1030WNH; Whynter, ARC-1030GNH; Whynter, ARC-1030BNH; hOme, 
HME020374N; Vremi, VRM050704N; Wappliance, BPI10HMW; Perfect aire, 
1PORTV12000; Danby, DPA120B9IWDB-6; Heat Controller LLC, PSV-121D; 
Whynter, ARC-1230WN; Whynter, ARC-1230BN; Whynter, ARC-1230GN; hOme, 
HME020375N; Vremi, VRM050705N; Wappliance, BPI12MW; Perfectaire, 
1PORTVP12000; Danby, DPA120HB9IWDB-6; Heat Controller LLC, PSHV-
121D; Whynter, ARC-1230WNH; Whynter, ARC-1230GNH; Whynter, ARC-
1230BNH; hOme, HME020376N; Vremi, VRM050706N; Wappliance, BPI12HMW; 
Toshiba, RAC-PT1411HWRU; Toshiba, RAC-PT1411CWRU; Toshiba, RAC-
PT1211CWRU; Danby, DPA100HB9IBDB-6; Danby, DPA120B9IBDB-6; Midea, 
MPPTB-12HRN8-BCH4; Midea, MPPTB-12CRN8-BCH4; Midea, MPPTB-10CRN8-
BCG8.
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    Midea also requested an interim waiver from the existing DOE test 
procedure. DOE will grant an interim waiver if it appears likely that 
the petition for waiver will be granted, and/or if DOE determines that 
it would be desirable for public policy reasons to grant immediate 
relief pending a determination of the petition for waiver. 10 CFR 
430.27(e)(2).
    Based on the assertions in the petition, absent an interim waiver, 
Midea's specified portable air conditioner basic models contain design 
characteristics which prevent testing of the basic model according to 
the prescribed test procedures and cause the prescribed test procedures 
to be tested in a manner that is unrepresentative of their actual 
efficiency.

III. Requested Alternate Test Procedure

    EPCA requires that manufacturers use DOE test procedures when 
making representations about the energy consumption and energy 
consumption costs of covered products. (42 U.S.C. 6293(c)) Consistency 
is important when making representations about the energy efficiency of 
covered products, including when demonstrating compliance with 
applicable DOE energy conservation standards. Pursuant to 10 CFR 
430.27, and after consideration of public comments on the petition, DOE 
may establish in a subsequent Decision and Order an alternate test 
procedure for the basic models addressed by the Interim Waiver Order.
    Midea seeks to use an alternate test procedure to test and rate 
specific portable air conditioner basic models. The alternate test 
procedure is the test procedure for portable air conditioners 
prescribed by DOE in Appendix CC, with the combined-duct variable-speed 
portable air conditioners tested at both the high- and low-temperature 
outdoor operating conditions to measure a weighted-average combined 
energy efficiency ratio (``CEER''), except the compressor speed is 
fixed at ``full'' and ``low'' in accordance with manufacturer 
instructions at the two outdoor conditions, respectively. Midea 
suggests an additional set of calculations to model the CEER of a 
theoretical comparable dual-duct single-speed portable air conditioner 
twice--once with cycling losses and once without cycling losses--based 
on the performance of the combined-duct variable-speed portable air 
conditioner at full compressor speed at the low-outdoor temperature 
condition. From these results, a ``performance adjustment factor'' is 
calculated, representing the performance improvement associated with 
avoiding cycling losses. The performance adjustment factor is then 
multiplied by the measured CEER value for the variable-speed portable 
air conditioner according to Appendix CC to determine the test unit's 
final rated CEER value. Midea states that this approach takes into 
account performance and efficiency improvements associated with 
combined-duct variable-speed portable air conditioners as compared to 
dual-duct portable air conditioners with single-speed compressors. In 
addition to the provisions for variable-speed compressors, Midea's 
suggested alternate test procedure also adds provisions to the test 
procedure in Appendix CC to test combined-duct portable air 
conditioners using an adapter to interface with the combined duct and 
additional thermocouples to measure temperature variations on the 
surface of the combined duct.

IV. Interim Waiver Order

    DOE has reviewed Midea's application for an interim waiver, the 
alternate test procedure requested by Midea, diagrams and renderings, 
and confidential performance data Midea provided to DOE. Based on this 
review, the alternate test procedure, with modifications discussed in 
the following paragraphs, appears to allow for the accurate measurement 
of the efficiency of the specified basic models, while alleviating the 
problems Midea identified in testing these basic models.
    DOE has made four modifications to the alternate test procedure as 
presented in the Media petition. First, at Midea's request, DOE removed 
an adjustment factor that was originally requested in the alternate 
test procedure to account for different full compressor speeds for 
single-speed and variable-speed portable air conditioners at the lower 
outdoor temperature operating condition. Second, DOE doubled the number 
of thermocouples on the combined duct from eight to sixteen. Third, DOE 
is altering the cycling loss factor (``CLF'') to reflect the most 
recent data and analysis. Last, DOE is requiring the use of a unit 
setpoint of 75 [deg]F at the 95 [deg]F fixed chamber test condition to 
improve test representativeness.
    In its petition, Midea suggested an adjustment factor for the 
purpose of providing a more appropriate comparison between the measured 
capacity and power when testing the variable-speed portable air 
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with a full compressor speed at the lower outdoor operating conditions 
and that of a single-speed portable air conditioner operating under 
those conditions. In a communication following the July 2020 revised 
petition, Midea requested that the adjustment factor be retracted 
stating that due to subsequent modifications to the subject basic 
models the adjustment factor is now not necessary. DOE has therefore 
removed this adjustment factor from the alternate test procedure.
    Additionally, DOE has initially determined that the use of 16 
thermocouples better assesses the average temperature on the combined 
duct given that it contains both the condenser inlet and exhaust air 
streams. Section 3.1.1.6 of Appendix CC requires four thermocouples per 
duct. With the basic models at issue, both of the air streams are 
contained in the same combined duct. The combined duct potentially 
results in more significant temperature gradients along its length and 
perimeter, necessitating the use of 16 thermocouples.
    Also, DOE considered data collected in support of the ongoing room 
air conditioner test procedure rulemaking,\8\ given the certain 
similarities of these products to portable air conditioners, to assess 
the portable air conditioner CLF proposed in Midea's petition. The data 
for cooling degradation coefficient (``Cd''), presented below in Table 
IV-1, summarize the results from load-based testing of two single-speed 
room air conditioners at an outdoor temperature of 82 [deg]F and 
cooling loads between 49 and 55 percent of the full load (i.e., the 
cooling capacity resulting from maximum cooling at the 95 [deg]F test 
condition).
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    \8\ The data were collected following publication of the notice 
of proposed rulemaking, ``Energy Conservation Program: Test 
Procedure for Room Air Conditioners'' (85 FR 35700; Jun. 11, 2020), 
and will be considered as part of that rulemaking.

   Table IV-1--Tested and Extrapolated Cooling Degradation Coefficient
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                       Unit                           Load %       Cd
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Unit 1............................................         52       0.42
                                                           54       0.39
                                                         * 55     * 0.38
Unit 2............................................         49       0.39
                                                           54       0.30
                                                         * 55     * 0.28
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* Represent extrapolated values to estimate the Cd at a 55% load.

    Extrapolating from the data collected, the average Cd at 55 percent 
of the full cooling load (i.e., the center of the acceptable range 
specified in the low compressor speed definition of this waiver) would 
be 0.332, suggesting a CLF of 0.8 would be more appropriate at the 83 
[deg]F test condition as opposed to the 0.875 CLF suggested in the 
Midea petition. The analysis above represents the best available 
information to date regarding single-speed room air conditioner cycling 
at reduced cooling loads, which DOE believes is reflective of the 
expected cycling that would be observed for single-speed portable air 
conditioners. Therefore, DOE is adopting the use of 0.8 as the CLF for 
the 83 [deg]F test condition in this interim waiver.
    Furthermore, during the room air conditioner test procedure 
rulemaking, DOE observed that for units produced by certain 
manufacturers, variable-speed room air conditioners performed 
differently depending on the method used to produce maximum cooling 
capacity. Testing of variable-speed room air conditioners was conducted 
at maximum cooling capacity for the ``full speed'' 95 [deg]F test 
condition, achieved either with (1) the user settings (e.g., fan speed, 
grille position) and thermostat setpoint selected to produce maximum 
cooling capacity in accordance with the DOE room air conditioner test 
procedure at 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, appendix F (``appendix F'') 
(i.e., the unit automatically selected the compressor speed); or (2) 
using the user settings, in accordance with appendix F, but applying 
the manufacturer's confidential testing instructions to achieve a fixed 
``full'' compressor speed (i.e., the control setting specified in the 
room air condition waiver and suggested by Midea in their petition). 
One test unit was 10 percent more efficient when using only the 
appendix F user settings than when using fixed compressor speed 
controls, while another unit was 11 percent less efficient.
    Based on the observed differences in room air conditioner 
performance when using the fixed ``full'' compressor speed (i.e., 
applying the confidential manufacturer instructions) as compared to 
using only the appendix F settings, described above, DOE concludes that 
similar differences may occur when testing portable air conditioners 
and is requiring a unit setpoint of 75 [deg]F for the portable air 
conditioner ``full speed'' 95 [deg]F test condition, as it would be 
more representative of typical consumer settings than reliance on the 
confidential manufacturer instructions to achieve maximum cooling 
capacity. In evaluating potential thermostat setpoints, DOE reviewed 
data for 19 portable air conditioners that were field metered in a 2014 
study conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.\9\ Among 
these units, the thermostat setpoints selected by consumers ranged from 
66 [deg]F to 76 [deg]F, with a median value of 74.5 [deg]F. DOE 
expects, therefore, that 75 [deg]F is a typical consumer setpoint for 
portable air conditioners that would achieve the maximum cooling (given 
the differential between the setpoint and the fixed indoor test chamber 
dry-bulb temperature of 80 [deg]F), in accordance with appendix CC. DOE 
is also modifying the definition of ``full compressor speed'' 
accordingly in this interim waiver.
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    \9\ T. Burke et al., ``Using Field-Metered Data to Quantify 
Annual Energy Use of Portable Air Conditioners,'' Lawrence Berkeley 
National Laboratory, LBNL-6868E, December 2014.
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    DOE notes that while variable-speed waivers granted for other 
products numerically estimate performance of a theoretical single-speed 
product at reduced outdoor temperature conditions, given the complex 
heat transfer dynamics related to the ducts, infiltration air, and 
internal air mixing within the chassis of the combined duct used in the 
basic models specified by Midea in its petition, DOE believes that the 
approach proposed by Midea to estimate performance of the theoretical 
single-speed dual-duct portable air conditioner using the performance 
of the variable-speed combined-duct portable air conditioner at the 
low-outdoor temperature condition, modified as discussed above, is 
appropriate and reasonable. Consequently, DOE has determined that 
Midea's petition for waiver likely will be granted. Furthermore, DOE 
has determined that it is desirable for public policy reasons to grant 
Midea immediate relief pending a determination of the petition for 
waiver.
    For the reasons stated, it is ordered that:
    (1) Midea must test and rate the following portable air conditioner 
basic models with the alternate test procedure set forth in paragraph 
(2).

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             Brand                              Model No.
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Midea.........................  US-KC35Y1/BP3N8-PTB(CH3)
Midea.........................  US-KC30Y1/BP3N8-PTB(CG8)
Perfect aire..................  1PORTV10000
Danby.........................  DPA100B9IWDB-6
Heat Controller LLC...........  PSV-101D
Whynter.......................  ARC-1030WN
Whynter.......................  ARC-1030BN
Whynter.......................  ARC-1030GN
hOme..........................  HME020373N
Vremi.........................  VRM050703N
Wappliance....................  BPI10MW
Perfect aire..................  1PORTVP10000.
Danby.........................  DPA100HB9IWDB-6
Heat Controller LLC...........  PSHV-101D
Whynter.......................  ARC-1030WNH
Whynter.......................  ARC-1030GNH
Whynter.......................  ARC-1030BNH
hOme..........................  HME020374N
Vremi.........................  VRM050704N
Wappliance....................  BPI10HMW
Perfect aire..................  1PORTV12000
Danby.........................  DPA120B9IWDB-6
Heat Controller LLC...........  PSV-121D
Whynter.......................  ARC-1230WN
Whynter.......................  ARC-1230BN
Whynter.......................  ARC-1230GN
hOme..........................  HME020375N
Vremi.........................  VRM050705N
Wappliance....................  BPI12MW
Perfectaire...................  1PORTVP12000
Danby.........................  DPA120HB9IWDB-6
Heat Controller LLC...........  PSHV-121D
Whynter.......................  ARC-1230WNH
Whynter.......................  ARC-1230GNH
Whynter.......................  ARC-1230BNH
hOme..........................  HME020376N
Vremi.........................  VRM050706N
Wappliance....................  BPI12HMW
Toshiba.......................  RAC-PT1411HWRU
Toshiba.......................  RAC-PT1411CWRU
Toshiba.......................  RAC-PT1211CWRU
Danby.........................  DPA100HB9IBDB-6
Danby.........................  DPA120B9IBDB-6
Midea.........................  MPPTB-12HRN8-BCH4
Midea.........................  MPPTB-12CRN8-BCH4
Midea.........................  MPPTB-10CRN8-BCG8
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    (2) The alternate test procedure for the Midea basic models 
identified in paragraph (1) of this Interim Waiver Order is the test 
procedure for portable air conditioners prescribed by DOE at Appendix 
CC and 10 CFR 430.23(dd), with three exceptions. First, install the 
unit under test as detailed below. Second, determine combined energy 
efficiency ratio (CEER) as detailed below. Third, calculate the 
estimated annual operating cost in 10 CFR 430.23(dd)(2) as detailed 
below. In addition, for each basic model listed in paragraph (1), 
maintain the compressor speed at each test condition, and set the 
control settings used for the variable components, according to the 
instructions submitted to DOE by Midea (https://www.regulations.gov/docket/EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023). Upon the compliance date of any new 
energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners, Midea must 
report product specific information pursuant to 10 CFR 429.12(b)(13) 
and 10 CFR 429.62(b). All other requirements of Appendix CC and DOE's 
regulations remain applicable.
    In 10 CFR 430.2, add in alphabetical order:
    Combined-duct portable air conditioner means a dual-duct portable 
air conditioner with the condenser inlet and outlet air streams flowing 
through separate ducts housed in a single overall duct structure.
    In 10 CFR 430.23, in paragraph (dd) revise paragraph (2) to read as 
follows:
    (2) Determine the estimated annual operating cost for a combined-
duct variable-speed portable air conditioner, expressed in dollars per 
year, by multiplying the following two factors:
    (i) The sum of the following three values: AEC95 
multiplied by 0.2, AEC83_Low multiplied by 0.8, and 
AECT, as calculated in section 5.3 of appendix CC of this 
subpart; and
    (ii) A representative average unit cost of electrical energy in 
dollars per kilowatt-hour as provided by the Secretary.
    (iii) Round the resulting product to the nearest dollar per year.
    In Appendix CC:
    Add in Section 2, Definitions:
    2.11 Single-speed means a type of portable air conditioner that 
cannot adjust the compressor speed.
    2.12 Variable-speed means a type of portable air conditioner that 
can automatically adjust the compressor speed.
    2.13 Full compressor speed (full) means the compressor speed at 
which the unit operates at full load test

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conditions, when using user settings to achieve maximum cooling 
capacity, and with the thermostat setpoint set at 75 [deg]F.
    2.14 Low compressor speed (low) means the compressor speed 
specified by Midea (Docket No. EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023-0006), at which 
the unit operates at low load test conditions, such that 
Capacity_83_Low, the measured cooling capacity at this speed 
at Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, is no less than 50 
percent and no greater than 60 percent of Capacity95, the 
measured cooling capacity with the full compressor speed at Test 
Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix.
    2.15 Theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner 
means a theoretical single-speed portable air conditioner with the same 
cooling capacity and electrical power input as the variable-speed 
portable air conditioner under test, with no cycling losses considered, 
when operating with the full compressor speed and at Test Condition 1 
in Table 1 of this appendix.
    Replace section 3.1.1 Test conduct with the following:
    Test conduct. The test apparatus and instructions for testing 
portable air conditioners in cooling mode and off-cycle mode must 
conform to the requirements specified in Section 4, ``Definitions'' and 
Section 7, ``Tests,'' of ANSI/AHAM PAC-1-2015 (incorporated by 
reference; see Sec.  430.3), except as otherwise specified in this 
appendix. Measure duct heat transfer and infiltration air heat transfer 
according to section 4.1.1 and section 4.1.2 of this appendix, 
respectively.
    Replace section 3.1.1.1 Duct Setup with the following:
    Use only ducting components provided by the manufacturer, 
including, where provided by the manufacturer, ducts, connectors for 
attaching the duct(s) to the test unit, sealing, insulation, and window 
mounting fixtures. Do not apply additional sealing or insulation. To 
measure the condenser inlet and outlet airflows in the combined duct, 
use an adapter provided by the manufacturer, which allows for the 
individual connection of the condenser inlet and outlet airflows to the 
test lab's airflow measuring apparatuses.
    Replace section 3.1.1.6 Duct temperature measurements with the 
following:
    Duct temperature measurements. Install any insulation and sealing 
provided by the manufacturer. Then adhere sixteen thermocouples to the 
outer surface of the duct, spaced evenly around the circumference (four 
thermocouples, each 90 degrees apart, radially) and down the length of 
the duct (four sets of four thermocouples, evenly placed along the 
length of the duct), ensuring that the thermocouples are distributed 
equally on the entire surface of the combined duct. Ensure that at 
least one thermocouple is placed next to the condenser inlet aperture 
and at least one thermocouple is placed on the duct surface adjacent to 
or nearest to the condenser outlet aperture. Measure the surface 
temperature of the combined duct at each thermocouple. Temperature 
measurements must have an error no greater than 0.5 [deg]F 
over the range being measured.
    Add to the end of Section 3.1.2, Control settings:
    Set the compressor speed during cooling mode testing as described 
in section 4.1 of this appendix, as amended by this Order.
    Replace Section 4.1, Cooling mode with the following:
    Cooling mode. Instead of the test conditions in Table 3 of ANSI/
AHAM PAC-1-2015, establish the test conditions presented in Table 1 of 
this appendix. Test each sample unit three times, once at each test 
condition in Table 1. For each test condition, measure the sample 
unit's indoor room cooling capacity and overall power input in cooling 
mode in accordance with Section 7.1.b and 7.1.c of ANSI/AHAM PAC-1-2015 
(incorporated by reference; see Sec.  430.3), respectively, and 
determine the test duration in accordance with Section 8.7 of ASHRAE 
Standard 37-2009 (incorporated by reference; Sec.  430.3). Conduct the 
first test in accordance with ambient conditions for Test Condition 1 
in Table 1 of this appendix, achieving the full compressor speed, as 
defined in section 2.13 of this appendix, with user settings, for the 
duration of cooling mode testing (Capacity95, 
P95). Conduct the second test in accordance with the ambient 
conditions for Test Condition 2, in Table 1 of this appendix, with the 
compressor speed set to full, for the duration of cooling mode testing 
(Capacity83_Full, P83_Full). To confirm the same 
full compressor speed is used, the average compressor frequency for the 
second test must equal that observed for the first test, with a 
tolerance of +/- 10% of the nominal average compressor frequency of the 
first test. Conduct the third test in accordance with the ambient 
conditions for Test Condition 3, with the compressor speed set to low 
for the duration of cooling mode testing (Capacity83_Low, 
P83_Low). Set the compressor speed required for each test 
condition in accordance with the instructions Midea submitted to DOE 
(Docket No. EERE-2020-BT-WAV-0023-0006).

                             Table 1--Evaporator and Condenser Inlet Test Conditions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                Evaporator inlet air [deg]F     Condenser inlet air [deg]F
                                         ([deg]C)                        ([deg]C)
       Test condition        ----------------------------------------------------------------  Compressor speed
                                 Dry bulb        Wet bulb        Dry bulb        Wet bulb
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Test Condition 1............       80 (26.7)       67 (19.4)       95 (35.0)       75 (23.9)  Full.
Test Condition 2............       80 (26.7)       67 (19.4)       83 (28.3)     67.5 (19.7)  Full.
Test Condition 3............       80 (26.7)       67 (19.4)       83 (28.3)     67.5 (19.7)  Low.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Replace Section 4.1.1, Duct Heat Transfer, with the following:
    Duct Heat Transfer. Measure the circumference of the duct by 
wrapping a flexible measuring tape, or equivalent, around the outside 
of the combined duct, making sure the tape is on the outermost ridges. 
Calculate the surface area of the combined duct as follows:

ACD = C x L

Where:

ACD = the outer area of the combined duct, in square 
feet.
C = the circumference of the combined duct, as measured in this 
section, in feet.
L = the extended length of the combined duct while under test, in 
feet.

    Calculate the average temperature at each individual location. Then 
calculate the average surface temperature of the duct by averaging the 
sixteen average temperature measurements taken on the duct. Calculate 
the total heat transferred from the surface of the combined duct to the 
indoor conditioned space while operating in cooling mode at each test 
condition in Table 1 of this appendix, according to the following 
equations:

QCD_95 = 3 x ACD x (TCD_95-
Tei)
QCD_83_Full = 3 x ACD x (TCD_83_Full-
Tei)
QCD_83_Low = 3 x ACD x (TCD_83_Low-
Tei)


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Where:

QCD_95, QCD_83_Full, and QCD_83_Low 
= the total heat transferred from the combined duct to the indoor 
conditioned space in cooling mode, in Btu/h, when tested at Test 
Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of 
this appendix, respectively.
3 = convection coefficient in Btu/h per square foot per [deg]F.
ACD = surface area of the combined duct, as calculated in 
this section, in square feet.
TCD_95, TCD_83_Full, and TCD_83_Low 
= average surface temperature for the combined duct, in [deg]F, as 
measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 
in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as calculated in this 
section.
Tei = average evaporator inlet air dry-bulb temperature, 
as measured in section 4.1 of this appendix, in [deg]F.

    Replace Section 4.1.2, Infiltration Air Heat Transfer with the 
following:
    Infiltration Air Heat Transfer. Calculate the sample unit's heat 
contribution from infiltration air into the conditioned space for each 
cooling mode test. Calculate the dry air mass flow rate of infiltration 
air according to the following equations:
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06AP21.001

Where:

m95, m83_Full and m83_Low = dry air 
mass flow rate of infiltration air for combined-duct portable air 
conditioners, in lb/m, when tested at Test Condition 1, Test 
Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively.
Vco_95, Vco_83_Full and Vco_83_Low 
= average volumetric flow rate of the condenser outlet air, in cubic 
feet per minute (cfm), as measured at Test Condition 1, Test 
Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this appendix.
Vci_95, Vci_83_Full and Vci_83_Low 
= average volumetric flow rate of the condenser inlet air, in cfm, 
as measured at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test 
Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, as required 
in section 4.1 of this appendix.
[rho]co_95, [rho]co_83_Full and 
[rho]co_83_Low = average density of the condenser outlet 
air, in pounds mass per cubic foot (lbm/ft3), as measured 
at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 
1 of this appendix, respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this 
appendix.
[rho]ci_95, [rho]ci_83_Full and 
[rho]ci_83_Low = average density of the condenser inlet 
air, in lbm/ft\3\, as measured at Test Condition 1, Test 
Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this appendix.
[omega]co_95, [omega]co_83_Full and 
[omega]co_83_Low = average humidity ratio of condenser 
outlet air, in pounds mass of water vapor per pounds mass of dry air 
(lbw/lbda), as measured at Test Condition 1, 
Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this appendix.
[omega]ci_95, [omega]ci_83_Full and 
[omega]ci_83_Low = average humidity ratio of condenser 
inlet air, in lbw/lbda, as measured at Test 
Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of 
this appendix, respectively, as required in section 4.1 of this 
appendix.

    Calculate the sensible component of infiltration air heat 
contribution according to the following equations:

Qs_95 = m95 x 60 x [cp_da x (95 - 80) 
+ (cp_wv x (0.0141 x 95 - 0.0112 x 80))]
Qs_83_Full = m83_Full x 60 x [(cp_da x 
(83 - 80) + (cp_wv x (0.01086 x 83 - 0.0112 r x 
80))]
Qs_83_Low = m83_Low x 60 x [(cp_da x 
(83 - 80) + (cp_wv x (0.01086 x 83 - 0.0112 r x 
80))]

Where:

Qs_95, Qs_83_Full and Qs_83_Low = 
sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, in Btu/h, when 
tested at Test Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 
in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively.
m95, m83_Full and m83_Low = dry air 
mass flow rate of infiltration air for combined-duct portable air 
conditioners, in lb/m, when tested at Test Condition 1, Test 
Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix.
cp_da = specific heat of dry air, 0.24 Btu/
(lbm [deg]F).
cp_wv = specific heat of water vapor, 0.444 Btu/
(lbm [deg]F).
80 = indoor chamber dry-bulb temperature, in [deg]F.
95 = infiltration air dry-bulb temperature for Test Condition 1 in 
Table 1 of this appendix, in [deg]F.
83 = infiltration air dry-bulb temperature for Test Conditions 2 and 
3 in Table 1 of this appendix, in [deg]F.
0.0141 = humidity ratio of the dry-bulb infiltration air for Test 
Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in lbw/
lbda.
0.01086 = humidity ratio of the dry-bulb infiltration air for Test 
Conditions 2 and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, in lbw/
lbda.
0.0112 = humidity ratio of the indoor chamber air, in 
lbw/lbda ([omega]indoor).
60 = conversion factor from minutes to hours.

    Calculate the latent heat contribution of the infiltration air 
according to the following equations:

Ql_95 = m95 x 60 x 1061 x (0.0141-0.0112)
Ql_83_Full = m83_Full x 60 x 1061 x (0.01086 - 
0.0112)
Ql_83_Low = m83_Low x 60 x 1061 x (0.01086 - 
0.0112)

Where:

Ql_95, Ql_83_Full and Ql_83_Low = 
latent heat added to the room by infiltration air, when tested at 
Test Conditions 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, in Btu/h.
m95, m83_Full and m83_Low = dry air 
mass flow rate of infiltration air, in lb/m, when tested at Test 
Condition 1, Test Condition 2, and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of 
this appendix, respectively, as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this 
appendix.
1061 = latent heat of vaporization for water vapor, in Btu/
lbm (Hfg).
0.0141 = humidity ratio of the dry-bulb infiltration air for Test 
Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in lbw/
lbda.
0.01086 = humidity ratio of the dry-bulb infiltration air for Test 
Conditions 2 and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, in lbw/
lbda.
0.0112 = humidity ratio of the indoor chamber air, in 
lbw/lbda.
60 = conversion factor from minutes to hours.

    Calculate the total heat contribution of the infiltration air at 
each test condition by adding the sensible and latent heat according to 
the following equations:

Qinfiltration_95 = Qs_95 + Ql_95
Qinfiltration_83_Full = Qs_83_Full + 
Ql_83_Full

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Qinfiltration_83_Low = Qs_83_Low + 
Ql_83_Low

Where:

Qinfiltration_95, Qinfiltration_83_Full and 
Qinfiltration_83_Low = total infiltration air heat in 
cooling mode, when tested at Test Conditions 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 
of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/h
Qs_95, Qs_83_Full and Qs_83_Low = 
sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, when tested at 
Test Conditions 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, in Btu/h, as calculated in this section.
Ql_95, Ql_83_Full and Ql_83_Low = 
latent heat added to the room by infiltration air, when tested at 
Test Conditions 1, 2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, in Btu/h, as calculated in this section.

    Replace Section 5.1, Adjusted Cooling Capacity with the following:
    Adjusted Cooling Capacity. Calculate the adjusted cooling capacity 
at each outdoor temperature operating condition, ACC95 and 
ACC83_Low, expressed in Btu/h, according to the following 
equations:

ACC95 = Capacity95-QCD_95- 
Qinfiltration_95
ACC83_Low = Capacity83_Low-
QCD_83_Low-
Qinfiltration_83_Low

Where:

Capacity95 and Capacity83_Low = cooling 
capacity, as measured in section 4.1 of this appendix, at Test 
Condition 1 and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, in Btu/h.
QCD_95 and QCD_83_Low = combined duct heat 
transfer while operating in cooling mode at Test Condition 1 and 
Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively, in Btu/
h, as calculated in section 4.1.1 of this appendix.
Qinfiltration_95 and Qinfiltration_83_Low = 
total infiltration air heat transfer in cooling mode at Test 
Condition 1 and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
respectively, in Btu/h, as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this 
appendix.

    Replace Section 5.3, Annual Energy Consumption with the following:
    Annual Energy Consumption. Calculate the sample unit's annual 
energy consumption in each operating mode according to the equation 
below. For each operating mode, use the following annual hours of 
operation and equation:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                 Annual
            Operating mode                    Subscript        operating
                                                                 hours
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cooling Mode, Test Condition 1 1.....  95....................        750
Cooling Mode, Test Condition 2 1.....  83_Full...............        750
Cooling Mode, Test Condition 3 1.....  83_Low................        750
Off-Cycle............................  oc....................        880
Inactive or Off......................  ia or om..............      1,355
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ These operating mode hours are for the purposes of calculating
  annual energy consumption under different ambient conditions and are
  not a division of the total cooling mode operating hours. The total
  cooling mode operating hours are 750 hours.

  [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06AP21.002
  
Where:

AECm = annual energy consumption in the operating mode, 
in kWh/year.
m represents the operating mode (``95'' for Test Condition 1, 
``83_Full'' for Test Condition 2, ``83_Low'' for Test Condition 3, 
``oc'' for off cycle, and ``ia'' for inactive or ``om'' for off 
mode).
Pm = average power in the operating mode, in watts.
tm = number of annual operating time in each operating 
mode, in hours.
0.001 kWh/Wh = conversion factor from watt-hours to kilowatt-hours.

    Calculate the sample unit's total annual energy consumption in off 
cycle mode and inactive or off mode as follows:
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06AP21.003

Where:

AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to off 
cycle mode and inactive or off mode, in kWh/year;
AECm = total annual energy consumption in the operating 
mode, in kWh/year.
m represents the following two operating modes: Off cycle mode and 
inactive or off mode.

    Replace Section 5.4, Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio with the 
following:
    Unadjusted Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio. Calculate the sample 
unit's unadjusted combined energy efficiency ratio, CEERUA, 
expressed in Btu/Wh, as follows:
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06AP21.004

Where:

CEERUA = unadjusted combined energy efficiency ratio for 
the sample unit, in Btu/Wh.
ACC95 and ACC83_Low = adjusted cooling 
capacity, tested at Test Condition 1 and Test Condition 3 in Table 1 
of this appendix, respectively, as calculated in section 5.1 of this 
appendix, in Btu/h.
AEC95 and AEC83_Low = annual energy 
consumption for cooling mode operation at Test Condition 1 and Test 
Condition 3 in Table 1 in this appendix that represent operation at 
95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
conditions, respectively, as calculated in section 5.3 of this 
appendix, in kWh/year.
AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to off 
cycle mode and inactive or off mode, in kWh/year, calculated in 
section 5.3 of this appendix.
750 = number of cooling mode hours per year.
0.001 kWh/Wh = conversion factor for watt-hours to kilowatt-hours.
0.2 = weighting factor for the 95 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition.
0.8 = weighting factor for the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition.

    Add after Section 5.4, Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio:
    5.5 Adjustment of the Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio. Adjust the 
sample unit's unadjusted combined energy efficiency ratio as follows.
    5.5.1 Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner 
Cooling Capacity and Power at the Lower Outdoor Temperature Operating 
Condition. Calculate the cooling capacity and cooling capacity with 
cycling losses, expressed in British thermal units per hour (Btu/h), 
and electrical power input, expressed in watts, for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at an 83 [deg]F 
outdoor dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test 
Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) according to the following 
equations:

Capacity83_SS = Capacity83_Full
Capacity83_SS_CLF = Capacity83_SS x 0.8
P83_SS = P83_Full

Where:

Capacity83_SS = cooling capacity of a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner, calculated for the 
83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test 
Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h.
Capacity83_SS_CLF = cooling capacity of a theoretical 
comparable single-speed

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portable air conditioner with cycling losses, in Btu/h, calculated 
for the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition 
(Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix).
Capacity83_Full = cooling capacity of the sample unit, 
measured in section 4.1 of this appendix at Test Condition 2 in 
Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h.
P83_SS = power input of a theoretical comparable single-
speed portable air conditioner calculated for the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb 
outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 
of this appendix), in watts.
P83_Full = electrical power input of the sample unit, 
measured in section 4.1 of this appendix at Test Condition 2 in 
Table 1 of this appendix, in watts.
0.8 = cycling loss factor for the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition.

    5.5.2 Duct Heat Transfer for a Theoretical Comparable Single-Speed 
Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Temperature Operating 
Condition. Calculate the combined duct heat transfer to the conditioned 
space for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), as follows:

QCD_83_SS = QCD_83_Full

Where:

QCD_83_SS = total heat transferred from the combined duct 
to the indoor conditioned space in cooling mode, for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 [deg]F 
dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition), in Btu/h.
QCD_83_Full = combined duct heat transfer for the sample 
unit while operating in cooling mode at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 
of this appendix (the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature 
operating condition), in Btu/h, as calculated in section 4.1.1 of 
this appendix.

    5.5.3 Infiltration Air Heat Transfer for a Theoretical Comparable 
Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Temperature 
Operating Condition. Calculate the heat contribution from infiltration 
air for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner 
at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test 
Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), as detailed below. Calculate 
the dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air as follows:

m83_SS = m83_Full

Where:

m83_SS = dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air for a 
theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 
83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test 
Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in lb/m.
m83_Full = dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air for 
the sample unit when tested at Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this 
appendix (the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition), as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix, in lb/
m.

    Calculate the sensible component of infiltration air heat 
contribution for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) as follows:

Qs_83_SS = Qs_83_Full

Where:

Qs_83_SS = sensible heat added to the room by 
infiltration air for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable 
air conditioner, at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature 
operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), 
in Btu/h.
Qs_83_Full = sensible heat added to the room by 
infiltration air, when testing the sample unit at Test Condition 2 
in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition), as calculated in section 4.1.2 of 
this appendix, in Btu/h.

    Calculate the latent component of infiltration air heat 
contribution for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) as follows:

Ql_83_SS = Ql_83_Full

Where:

Ql_83_SS = latent heat added to the room by infiltration 
air for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner, at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h.
Ql_83_Full = latent heat added to the room by 
infiltration air during testing of the sample unit, when tested at 
Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb 
outdoor temperature operating condition), as calculated in section 
4.1.2 of this appendix, in Btu/h.

    Calculate the total heat contribution of the infiltration air for a 
theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 
[deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 
2 in Table 1 of this appendix) as follows:

Qinfiltration_83_SS = Qinfiltration_83_Full

Where:

Qinfiltration_83_SS = total infiltration air heat in 
cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h.
Qinfiltration_83_Full = total infiltration air heat 
transfer of the sample unit in cooling mode at Test Condition 2 in 
Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature 
operating condition), as calculated in section 4.1.2 of this 
appendix, in Btu/h.

    5.5.4 Adjusted Cooling Capacity for a Theoretical Comparable 
Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Temperature 
Operating Condition. Calculate the adjusted cooling capacity for a 
theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 
[deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 
2 in Table 1 of this appendix) both without cycling losses, 
ACC83_SS, and with cycling losses, ACC83_SS_CLF, 
in Btu/h, according to the following equations:

ACC83_SS = Capacity83_SS - QCD_83_SS - 
Qinfiltration_83_SS
ACC83_SS_CLF = Capacity83_SS_CLF - 
QCD_83_SS - Qinfiltration_83_SS

Where:

ACC83_SS and ACC83_SS_CLF = adjusted cooling 
capacity for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) without and 
with cycling losses, respectively, in Btu/h.
Capacity83_SS and Capacity83_SS_CLF = cooling 
capacity of a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner without and with cycling losses, respectively, at Test 
Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix (the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb 
outdoor temperature operating condition), calculated in section 
5.5.1 of this appendix, in Btu/h.
QCD_83_SS = total heat transferred from the ducts to the 
indoor conditioned space in cooling mode for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 [deg]F 
dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 
in Table 1 of this appendix), in Btu/h, calculated in section 5.5.2 
of this appendix.
Qinfiltration_83_SS = total infiltration air heat in 
cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), calculated 
in section 5.5.3 of this appendix, in Btu/h.

    5.5.5 Annual Energy Consumption in Cooling Mode for a Theoretical 
Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor 
Temperature Operating Condition. Calculate the annual energy 
consumption in cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed 
portable air conditioner at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature 
operating condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in 
kWh/year, as follows:


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AEC83_SS = P83_SS x 750 x 0.001

Where:

AEC83_SS = annual energy consumption for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner in cooling mode at 
the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test 
Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), in kWh/year.
P83_SS = electrical power input for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at the 83 [deg]F 
dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test Condition 2 
in Table 1 of this appendix) as calculated in section 5.5.1 of this 
appendix, in watts.
750 = number of cooling mode hours per year, as defined in section 
5.3 of this appendix.
0.001 kWh/Wh = conversion factor from watt-hours to kilowatt-hours.

    5.5.6 Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio for a Theoretical Comparable 
Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner. Calculate the combined energy 
efficiency ratios for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable 
air conditioner both without cycling losses, CEERSS, and 
with cycling losses, CEERSS_CLF, in Btu/Wh, according to the 
following equations:
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Where:

CEERSS and CEERSS_CLF = combined energy 
efficiency ratio for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable 
air conditioner without and with cycling losses considered, 
respectively, in Btu/Wh.
ACC95 = adjusted cooling capacity for the sample unit, as 
calculated in section 5.1 of this appendix, when tested at Test 
Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h.
ACC83_SS and ACC83_SS_CLF = adjusted cooling 
capacities for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition (Test Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix) without and 
with cycling losses, respectively, as calculated in section 5.5.4 of 
this appendix, in Btu/h.
AEC95 = annual energy consumption for the sample unit, as 
calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix, for cooling mode 
operation at Test Condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, in kWh/
year.
AEC83_SS = annual energy consumption for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner in cooling mode at 
the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating condition (Test 
Condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix), calculated in section 
5.5.5 of this appendix, in kWh/year.
AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to all 
operating modes except cooling for the sample unit, calculated in 
section 5.3 of this appendix, in kWh/year.
750 and 0.001 as defined previously in this section.
0.2 = weighting factor for the 95 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition.
0.8 = weighting factor for the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition.

    5.5.7 Combined-Duct Variable-Speed Portable Air Conditioner 
Performance Adjustment Factor. Calculate the sample unit's performance 
adjustment factor, Fp,, as follows:
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06AP21.006

Where:

CEERSS and CEERSS_CLF = combined energy 
efficiency ratios for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable 
air conditioner without and with cycling losses, respectively, 
calculated in section 5.5.6 of this appendix, in Btu/Wh.

    5.5.8 Dual-Duct Variable-Speed Portable Air Conditioner Combined 
Energy Efficiency Ratio. Calculate the sample unit's final combined 
energy efficiency ratio, CEER, in Btu/Wh, as follows:

CEER = CEERUA x (1 + Fp)

Where:

CEER = combined energy efficiency ratio for the sample unit, in Btu/
Wh.
CEERUA = unadjusted combined energy efficiency ratio for 
the sample unit, calculated in section 5.4 of this appendix, in Btu/
Wh.
Fp = sample unit's performance adjustment factor, 
calculated in section 5.5.7 of this appendix.''

    (3) Representations. Midea may not make representations about the 
efficiency of a basic model listed in paragraph (1) of this Interim 
Waiver Order for compliance, marketing, or other purposes unless that 
basic model has been tested in accordance with the provisions set forth 
in this alternate test procedure and such representations fairly 
disclose the results of such testing.
    (4) This Interim Waiver Order shall remain in effect according to 
the provisions of 10 CFR 430.27.
    (5) This Interim Waiver Order is issued on the condition that the 
statements, representations, test data, and documentary materials 
provided by Midea are valid. If Midea makes any modifications to the 
controls or configurations of a basic model subject to this Interim 
Waiver Order, the waiver will be invalid with respect to that basic 
model Midea either would be required to use the current Federal test 
method or submit a new application for a test procedure waiver. DOE may 
rescind or modify this waiver at any time if it determines the factual 
basis underlying the petition for the Interim Waiver Order is 
incorrect, or the results from the alternate test procedure are 
unrepresentative of the basic model's true energy consumption 
characteristics. 10 CFR 430.27(k)(1). Likewise, Midea may request that 
DOE rescind or modify the Interim Waiver Order if Midea discovers an 
error in the information provided to DOE as part of its petition, 
determines that the interim waiver is no longer needed, or for other 
appropriate reasons. 10 CFR 430.27(k)(2).
    (6) Issuance of this Interim Waiver Order does not release Midea 
from the applicable requirements set forth at 10 CFR part 429.
    DOE makes decisions on waivers and interim waivers for only those 
basic models specifically set out in the petition, not future models 
that Midea may manufacture. Midea may submit a new or amended petition 
for waiver and

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request for grant of interim waiver, as appropriate, for additional 
basic models of portable air conditioners. Alternatively, if 
appropriate, Midea may request that DOE extend the scope of a waiver or 
an interim waiver to include additional basic models employing the same 
technology as the basic model(s) set forth in the original petition 
consistent with 10 CFR 430.27(g).

Signing Authority

    This document of the Department of Energy was signed on March 31, 
2021, by Kelly J. Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary 
and Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable 
Energy, pursuant to delegated authority from the Secretary of Energy. 
That document with the original signature and date is maintained by 
DOE. For administrative purposes only, and in compliance with 
requirements of the Office of the Federal Register, the undersigned DOE 
Federal Register Liaison Officer has been authorized to sign and submit 
the document in electronic format for publication, as an official 
document of the Department of Energy. This administrative process in no 
way alters the legal effect of this document upon publication in the 
Federal Register.

    Signed in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2021.
Treena V. Garrett,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of Energy.

BEFORE THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON, DC 20585

    In the Matter of: Energy Efficiency Program: Test Procedure for 
Portable Air Conditioners

Petition of Midea for Waiver, and Application for Interim Waiver, of 
Test Procedure for Portable Air Conditioners

Introduction

    GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD. (Midea) hereby submits 
this Petition for Waiver, and Application for Interim Waiver, of the 
Department of Energy (DOE) Test Procedure for dual-duct portable air 
conditioners (PACs) in 10 CFR part 430, subpart B, Appendix CC, 
pursuant to 10 CFR 430.27. Midea requests expedited treatment of the 
Petition and Application.
    Midea requests that DOE grant the requested Waiver and Interim 
Waiver because the current test procedure cannot be used to test dual-
duct PACs with Midea's duct-in-duct (combined-duct) technology, which 
combines the condenser inlet and outlet ducts into a single structure. 
Furthermore, the current test procedure does not properly measure the 
energy consumption of combined-duct PACs with variable-speed 
compressors (VSCs).\11\ This request is consistent with the approach 
used for VSCs in the Waiver granted to LG Electronics Inc. (LG) 
published June 2, 2020, 85 FR 33,643, for testing single-duct PACs with 
VSCs. It simply adds procedures to accommodate Midea's combined-duct 
technology. Under DOE rules, this Waiver request should be granted. DOE 
also has authority to grant an Interim Waiver because the requested 
Waiver is likely be granted, because it would avoid economic hardship 
and competitive disadvantage to Midea, and because it would reflect 
sound public policy.
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    \11\ Midea intends to manufacture such units using both standard 
compressors and VSCs. It expects to add models that do not have VSCs 
to this waiver request.
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Analysis

I. Midea Group
    The Midea Group, of which Midea is a part, is the world's largest 
producer of major appliances, and the world's No. 1 brand of air-
treatment products, air-coolers, kettles, and rice cookers. It is also 
a world-leading technologies group in consumer appliances and HVAC 
systems. It offers diversified products, comprising consumer appliances 
(kitchen appliances, refrigerators, laundry appliances, and various 
small home appliances) and HVAC (residential air-conditioning, 
commercial air-conditioning, heating & ventilation). The Midea Group is 
committed to improving lives by adhering to the principle of ``Creating 
Value for Customers.'' It focuses on continuous technological 
innovation to improve products and services to make life more 
comfortable. The Midea Group's worldwide headquarters are located at 
Midea Group headquarter building, No. 6 Midea Avenue, Beijiao, Shunde, 
Foshan, Guangdong, 528311 P.R. China; (tel. 011-86-757-2633-888); URL: 
www.midea.com/global. GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD, is 
located at No 6. Midea Avenue, Shunde Foshan, Guangdong, 528311 P.R. 
China.
II. Basic Models Subject to the Waiver Request
    This Petition for Waiver, and Application for Interim Waiver, are 
for the following basic models of residential PACs manufactured by 
Midea. All models have Midea's combined-duct technology:

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             Brand                      Model No.                    Compressor type                Unit type
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Midea..........................  US-KC35Y1/BP3N8-         Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
                                  PTB(CH3).
Midea..........................  US-KC30Y1/BP3N8-         Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
                                  PTB(CG8).
Perfect aire...................  1PORTV10000............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Danby..........................  DPA100B9IWDB-6.........  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Heat Controller LLC............  PSV-101D...............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Whynter........................  ARC-1030WN.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Whynter........................  ARC-1030BN.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Whynter........................  ARC-1030GN.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
hOme...........................  HME020373N.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Vremi..........................  VRM050703N.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Wappliance.....................  BPI10MW................  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Perfect aire...................  1PORTVP10000...........  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Danby..........................  DPA100HB9IWDB-6........  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Heat Controller LLC............  PSHV-101D..............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Whynter........................  ARC-1030WNH............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Whynter........................  ARC-1030GNH............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Whynter........................  ARC-1030BNH............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
hOme...........................  HME020374N.............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Vremi..........................  VRM050704N.............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.

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Wappliance.....................  BPI10HMW...............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Perfect aire...................  1PORTV12000............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Danby..........................  DPA120B9IWDB-6.........  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Heat Controller LLC............  PSV-121D...............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Whynter........................  ARC-1230WN.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Whynter........................  ARC-1230BN.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Whynter........................  ARC-1230GN.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
hOme...........................  HME020375N.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Vremi..........................  VRM050705N.............  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Wappliance.....................  BPI12MW................  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Perfectaire....................  1PORTVP12000...........  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Danby..........................  DPA120HB9IWDB-6........  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Heat Controller LLC............  PSHV-121D..............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Whynter........................  ARC-1230WNH............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Whynter........................  ARC-1230GNH............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Whynter........................  ARC-1230BNH............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
hOme...........................  HME020376N.............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Vremi..........................  VRM050706N.............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Wappliance.....................  BPI12HMW...............  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Midea..........................  MPPTB-12HRN8-BCH4......  Variable-Speed......................  Heat-Cool.
Midea..........................  MPPTB-12CRN8-BCH4......  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
Midea..........................  MPPTB-10CRN8-BCG8......  Variable-Speed......................  Cool-only.
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III. Requested Waiver
    Midea requests a waiver to test the energy consumption of the above 
residential PACs using the test procedure detailed in the waiver for 
PACs granted to LG,2 published on June 2, 2020, with modifications 
needed to account for dual-duct units incorporating Midea's combined-
duct technology.
    Strong demand for advanced energy efficient PACs led Midea to 
design dual-duct PACs with dramatic energy savings, and the ability to 
maintain the desired temperature without cycling the compressor motor 
and fans on and off by using inverter driven VSCs. The unit responds 
automatically to surrounding conditions by adjusting the compressor 
rotational speed based upon demand. This results in faster cooling and 
much more efficient operation through optimizing the speed of the 
compressor to make minimal adjustments as the room temperature rises 
and falls.
    The current DOE test procedure tests dual-duct PACs at two 
operating conditions, one measuring performance at a high outdoor 
operating temperature and one measuring performance at a lower outdoor 
operating temperature, without addressing the ability of VSCs to adjust 
their operating speed based on the demand load of the conditioned 
space. As such, the test procedure does not take into account the full 
range of performance and efficiency benefits of a VSC operating under 
part-load conditions. Other DOE test standards, such as for central air 
conditioners--and the test procedures approved through waivers granted 
to Midea and LG for room air conditioners and to LG for PACs--include 
part-load test conditions that account for the improved efficiency 
benefit from VSCs that modulate their operation to account for changing 
conditions to the environment, rather than cycling the compressor on 
and off.
    Additionally, the current test procedure prevents the testing of 
Midea's combined-duct technology because the condenser inlet and outlet 
air streams are incorporated into the same structure. Since the airflow 
both in and out of the condenser must be measured at the same time, 
modifications are needed to adapt Midea's combined-duct technology to 
DOE's test procedure and standard airflow measurement lab apparatuses. 
The DOE test procedure does not take into account a specially designed 
adapter that is needed for measuring the airflows.
IV. Regulatory Framework
    DOE's regulations provide that the Assistant Secretary ``will'' 
grant a Petition to a manufacturer upon a ``determination that the 
basic model for which the waiver was requested contains a design 
characteristic which either prevents testing of the basic model 
according to the prescribed test procedures, or the prescribed test 
procedures may evaluate the basic model in a manner so unrepresentative 
of its true energy consumption characteristics as to provide materially 
inaccurate comparative data.'' See 10 CFR 430.27 (emphasis supplied).
    As noted, the current DOE test procedure, 10 CFR part 430, subpart 
B, Appendix CC, requires that dual-duct PACs be tested at two operating 
conditions, one measuring peak load performance at a high outdoor 
operating temperature, and one measuring a reduced load performance at 
a lower outdoor operating temperature, and does not make any account 
for dual-duct PACs offering variable speed operation based upon 
different air test conditions. As a result, Midea's new dual-duct VSC 
PACs cannot be tested in a way that accurately reflects the energy 
saving benefits of VSC technology. If Midea were to test its dual-duct 
VSC PACs to the current test procedure the results would be wholly 
unrepresentative of their true energy consumption.
    Moreover, the models in Section II of this application cannot be 
tested using the current test procedure because the combined-duct 
design means that airflows from the inlet and outlet of the condenser 
must be measured together, at the same time, as seen in Figure 1. This 
requires a specially designed adapter that, naturally, is not part of 
the current test procedure. In addition, the duct heat transfer for the 
combined duct requires specific instructions on where to place the 
thermocouples so the heat transfer can be accounted for, which the 
current test procedure does not provide.

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V. Other Manufacturers With Similar Design Characteristics
    To the best of Midea's knowledge, (i) Midea is the only 
manufacturer of dual-duct PACs with combined-duct technology, both with 
and without VSCs, in the U.S. market; and (ii) Midea and LG are the 
only manufacturers of PACs with VSC technology in the U.S. market.
VI. Proposed Modifications to the Test Procedure
    Midea proposes the following alternative test method to evaluate 
the performance of the basic models listed in Section II. This 
alternative test method is the same as the existing procedure for PACs 
per Appendix CC, except it accounts for the combined-duct technology by 
describing the means to measure and calculate duct heat transfer and by 
providing a provision that requires a special adapter be used during 
testing and evaluation to measure the inlet and outlet condenser 
airflows. Additionally, the modified test procedure accounts for the 
increased efficiency of using VSCs, similar to the approach in the 
waver granted to LG published June 2, 2020.\12\ Specifically:
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    \12\ Id.
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    Midea shall be required to test the performance of the basic models 
listed in the Section II hereto according to the test procedure for 
portable air conditioners in 10 CFR, Part 430, Subpart B, Appendix CC, 
and the waiver granted to LG published on June 2, 2020, except as 
follows:
    Add the following after ``This appendix covers the test 
requirements used to measure the energy performance of single-duct and 
dual-duct'' in section 1 of Appendix CC: ``, including combined-
duct,''.
    Include the following sections from the LG waiver:
    ``2.11 Single-speed means a type of portable air conditioner that 
does not automatically adjust either the compressor or fan speed, or 
both, based on the detected outdoor conditions.''
    ``2.12 Variable-speed means a type of portable air conditioner that 
can automatically adjust compressor and fan speed, only compressor 
speed, or only fan speed, based on the detected outdoor conditions.''
    Replace the following sections from the LG waiver, with:
    ``2.13 Full compressor speed (full) means the compressor speed 
specified by the manufacturer at which the unit operates at full load 
testing conditions. Note--full compressor speed may be different at 
different test conditions.''
    ``2.14 Low compressor speed (low) means the compressor speed 
specified by the manufacturer at which the unit operates at low load 
test conditions, such that Capacity83_Low, the measured 
cooling capacity at test condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, is no 
less than 50 percent and no greater than 60 percent of the measured 
cooling capacity with the full compressor speed at test condition 1 in 
Table 1 of this appendix.''
    Modify section 2.15 of the LG waiver by replacing the word 
``single'' with the word ``dual''. Add new section 2.16 to Appendix CC 
as follows:
    ``2.16 Combined-duct portable air conditioner--a version of dual-
duct portable air conditioner where the ducts for the condenser inlet 
and outlet air are housed in the same structure.''
    Replace the sentence ``Note that if a product is able to operate as 
both a single-duct and dual-duct portable AC as distributed in commerce 
by the manufacturer, it must be tested and rated for all applicable 
duct configurations.'' in section 3.1.1 of Appendix CC with:
    ``Note that if a product is able to operate in multiple duct 
configurations, including single-duct, combined-duct, and dual-duct 
portable AC as distributed in commerce by the manufacturer, it must be 
tested and rated for all applicable duct configurations.''
    Add the following after ``Do not apply additional sealing or 
insulation.'' to Appendix CC section 3.1.1.1:
    ``For combined-duct portable air conditioners a special adapter is 
needed for testing to properly measure the condenser inlet and outlet 
airflows. This adapter must be provided by the manufacturer and allow 
connection of the condenser inlet and outlet airflows to the test lab's 
airflow measuring apparatuses.''
    Replace the sentence in Appendix CC section 3.1.1.6 with the 
following to account for the combination duct temperature measurements:
    ``Duct temperature measurements. Install any insulation and sealing

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provided by the manufacturer. Then adhere eight equally spaced 
thermocouples to the outer surface of the duct, ensuring that the 
thermocouples are distributed equally on both the inlet and outlet 
portion of the combined-duct. Measure the surface temperature of the 
combined duct. Temperature measurements must have an error no greater 
than 0.5 [deg]F over the range being measured.''
    Include the modifications for section 3.1.2 of Appendix CC as 
defined in the LG waiver:
    ``3.1.2 Control settings. Set the controls to the lowest available 
temperature setpoint for cooling mode. If the portable air conditioner 
has a user-adjustable fan speed, select the maximum fan speed setting. 
If the portable air conditioner has an automatic louver oscillation 
feature, disable that feature throughout testing. If the louver 
oscillation feature is included but there is no option to disable it, 
test with the louver oscillation enabled. If the portable air 
conditioner has adjustable louvers, position the louvers parallel with 
the air flow to maximize air flow and minimize static pressure loss. 
Set the compressor speed during cooling mode testing as described in 
section 4.1, as amended by this interim waiver.''
    Replace section 4.1 of Appendix CC with the following to account 
for both single-speed and variable-speed compressor units as listed in 
Section II of this petition:
    ``4.1 Cooling mode. Instead of the test conditions in Table 3 of 
ANSI/AHAM PAC-1-2015, establish the test conditions presented in Table 
1 of this appendix. Test each single-speed sample unit twice, once at 
test condition 1 and once at test condition 2 in Table 1. Test each 
variable-speed sample unit three times, once at each test condition in 
Table 1. For each test condition, measure the sample unit's indoor room 
cooling capacity and overall power input in cooling mode in accordance 
with Section 7.1.b and 7.1.c of ANSI/AHAM PAC-1-2015 (incorporated by 
reference; see Sec.  430.3), respectively, and determine the test 
duration in accordance with Section 8.7 of ASHRAE Standard 37-2009 
(incorporated by reference; Sec.  430.3). Conduct the first test, for 
both single and variable-speed units, in accordance with ambient 
conditions for test condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix, with the 
compressor speed set to full, for the duration of cooling mode testing 
(Capacity95, P95), which represents an outdoor 
temperature operating condition of 95 [deg]F dry-bulb and 67 [deg]F 
wet-bulb temperatures. Conduct the second test in accordance with the 
ambient conditions for test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, 
with the compressor speed set to full, for the duration of cooling mode 
testing (Capacity83, P83), which represents an 
outdoor temperature operating condition of 83 [deg]F dry-bulb and 67.5 
[deg]F wet-bulb temperatures. For variable-speed units only, conduct 
the third test in accordance with the ambient conditions for test 
condition 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, with the compressor speed set 
to low for the duration of the cooling mode testing 
(Capacity83_Low, P83_Low), which represents an 
outdoor temperature operating condition of 83 [deg]F dry-bulb and 67.5 
[deg]F wet-bulb temperatures. Set the compressor speed required for 
each test condition in accordance with the manufacturer's 
instructions.''
    Replace Table 1 of Appendix CC with the following:

                   Table 1--Evaporator (Indoor) and Condenser (Outdoor) Inlet Test Conditions
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                               Evaporator inlet air, [deg]F     Condenser inlet air, [deg]F
                                         ([deg]C)                        ([deg]C)
     Test configuration      ----------------------------------------------------------------  Condenser  speed
                                 Dry bulb        Wet bulb        Dry bulb        Wet bulb
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Dual-Duct, Condition 1......       80 (26.7)       67 (19.4)       95 (35.0)       75 (23.9)  Full.
Dual-Duct, Condition 2......       80 (26.7)       67 (19.4)       83 (28.3)     67.5 (19.7)  Full.
Dual-Duct, Condition 3......       80 (26.7)       67 (19.4)       83 (28.3)     67.5 (19.7)  Low.
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    Modify Appendix CC section 4.1.1 with the following after 
``Calculate the surface area'': , ACD, to the following 
equation:
    For combined-duct portable air conditioners:

ACD = P x L

Where:

ACD = the outer area of the combined-duct, in square 
feet.
L = the extended length of the combined-duct while under test, in 
feet.
P = the perimeter of the combined-duct, as measured following the 
instructions below, in ft.

    Measure the perimeter of the combined-duct air conditioners using a 
flexible measuring tape, or equivalent, by wrapping the measuring tape 
around the outside of the combined-duct, making sure the tape is on the 
outermost ridges.
    Calculate the total heat transferred from the surface of the 
duct(s) to the indoor conditioned space while operating in cooling mode 
for the outdoor test conditions in Table 1 of this appendix, as 
follows.
For combined-duct portable air conditioners:

QCD_95 = h x ACD x (TCD_95-
Tei)
QCD_83 = h x ACD x (TCD_83-
Tei)
QCD_83_Low = h x ACD x (TCD_83_Low-
Tei)

Where:

QCD_95, QCD_83, and QCD_83_Low = 
for combined-duct portable air conditioners, the total heat 
transferred from the ducts to the indoor conditioned space in 
cooling mode, in Btu/h, when tested according to test condition 1, 
2, and 3 in Table 1 of this appendix, respectively.
TCD_95, TCD_83, and TCD_83_Low = 
average surface temperature for the duct, as measured during testing 
according to the three outdoor test conditions in Table 1 of this 
appendix, in [deg]F.
ACD = the outer area of the combined-duct, in square 
feet.
h = convection coefficient, 3 Btu/h per square foot per [deg]F.

    Replace section 4.1.2 in Appendix CC with the following:
    ``4.1.2 Infiltration Air Heat Transfer. Measure the heat 
contribution from infiltration air for dual- duct portable air 
conditioners that draw at least part of the condenser air from the 
conditioned space. Calculate the heat contribution from infiltration 
air for dual-duct portable air conditioners for all cooling mode 
outdoor test conditions, as described in this section. Calculate the 
dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air according to the following 
equations:

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Where:

m95, m83 and m83_Low = dry air mass 
flow rate of infiltration air for dual-duct portable air 
conditioners, as calculated based on testing according to the test 
conditions in Table 1 of this appendix, in lb/m.
Vco_95, Vco_83 and Vco_83_Low = 
average volumetric flow rate of the condenser outlet air during 
cooling mode testing for single-duct portable air conditioners; and 
at the 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor conditions for dual-
duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in cubic feet per 
minute (cfm).
Vci_95, Vci_83 and Vci_83_Low = 
average volumetric flow rate of the condenser inlet air during 
cooling mode testing at the 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in 
cfm.
[rho]co_95, [rho]co_83 and 
[rho]co_83_Low = average density of the condenser outlet 
air during cooling mode testing for single-duct portable air 
conditioners, and at the 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in 
pounds mass per cubic foot (lbm/ft\3\).
[rho]ci_95, [rho]ci_83 and 
[rho]ci_83_Low = average density of the condenser inlet 
air during cooling mode testing at the 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F dry-
bulb outdoor conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, 
respectively, in lbm/ft\3\.
[omega]co_95, [omega]co_83 and 
[omega]co_83_Low = average humidity ratio of condenser 
outlet air during cooling mode testing for single-duct portable air 
conditioners, and at the 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, respectively, in 
pounds mass of water vapor per pounds mass of dry air 
(lbw/lbda).
[omega]ci_95, [omega]ci_83 and 
[omega]ci_83_Low = average humidity ratio of condenser 
inlet air during cooling mode testing at the 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F 
dry-bulb outdoor conditions for dual-duct portable air conditioners, 
respectively, in lbw/lbda.

    Calculate the sensible component of infiltration air heat 
contribution according to:

Qs_95 = m x 60 x [cp_da x (Tia_95 - 
Tindoor) + (cp_wv x ([omega]ia_95 x 
Tia_95 - [omega]indoor x Tindoor))]
Qs_83 = m x 60 x [(cp_da x (Tia_83 - 
Tindoor) + (cp_wv x ([omega]ia_83 x 
Tia_83 - [omega]indoor x Tindoor))]
Qs_83_Low = m x 60 x [(cp_da x (Tia_83 
- Tindoor) + (cp_wv x ([omega]ia_83 x 
Tia_83 - [omega]indoor x Tindoor))

Where:

Qs_95, Qs_83 and Qs_83_Low = 
sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, calculated at 
the 1, 2, and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this 
appendix, in Btu/h.
m = dry air mass flow rate of infiltration air, mSD or 
m95 when calculating Qs_95 and mSD 
or m83 when calculating Qs_83 and 
m83_Low when calculating Qs_83_Low, in lb/m.
cp_da = specific heat of dry air, 0.24 Btu/lbm 
- [deg]F.
cp_wv = specific heat of water vapor, 0.444 Btu/
lbm - [deg]F. Tindoor = indoor chamber dry-
bulb temperature, 80 [deg]F.
Tia_95 and Tia_83 = infiltration air dry-bulb 
temperatures for the three test conditions in Table 1 of this 
appendix, 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F, respectively.
[omega]ia_95 and [omega]ia_83 = humidity 
ratios of the 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F dry-bulb infiltration air, 
0.0141 and 0.01086 lbw/lbda, respectively.
[omega]indoor = humidity ratio of the indoor chamber air, 
0.0112 lbw/lbda.
60 = conversion factor from minutes to hours.

    Calculate the latent heat contribution of the infiltration air 
according to:

Ql_95 = m x 60 x Hfg x ([omega]ia_95 - 
[omega]indoor)
Ql_83 = m x 60 x Hfg x ([omega]ia_83 - 
[omega]indoor)
Ql_83_Low = m x 60 x Hfg x 
([omega]ia_83 - [omega]indoor)

Where:

Ql_95, Ql_83 and Ql_83_LOW = latent 
heat added to the room by infiltration air, calculated at the 1, 2, 
and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this appendix, in 
Btu/h.
m = mass flow rate of infiltration air, mSD or 
m95 when calculating Ql_95 and mSD 
or m83 when calculating Ql_83 and 
m83_Low when calculating Qs_83_Low, in lb/m.
Hfg = latent heat of vaporization for water vapor, 1061 
Btu/lbm.
[omega]ia_95 and [omega]ia_83 = humidity 
ratios of the 95 [deg]F and 83 [deg]F dry-bulb infiltration air, 
0.0141 and 0.01086 lbw/lbda, respectively.
[omega]indoor = humidity ratio of the indoor chamber air, 
0.0112 lbw/lbda.
60 = conversion factor from minutes to hours.

    The total heat contribution of the infiltration air is the sum of 
the sensible and latent heat:

Qinfiltration_95 = Qs_95 + Ql_95
Qinfiltration_83 = Qs_83 + Ql_83
Qinfiltration_83_Low = Qs_83_Low + 
Ql_83_Low

Where:

Qinfiltration_95, Qinfiltration_83 and 
Qinfiltration_83_Low = total infiltration air heat in 
cooling mode, calculated at the 1, 2, and 3 test conditions 
respectively in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h.
Qs_95, Qs_83 and Qs_83_Low = 
sensible heat added to the room by infiltration air, calculated at 
the 1, 2, and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this 
appendix, in Btu/h.
Ql_95, Ql_83 and Ql_83_Low = latent 
heat added to the room by infiltration air, calculated at the 1, 2, 
and 3 test conditions respectively in Table 1 of this appendix, in 
Btu/h.

    Modify section 5.1 of Appendix CC after ``Calculate the adjusted 
cooling capacities for portable air conditioners, ACC95, 
ACC83,'' with the following:
    ``and ACC83_Low expressed in Btu/h, according to the 
following equations:

ACC95 = Capacity95--QCD_95 - 
Qinfiltration_95
ACC83 = Capacity83 -- QCD_83 - 
Qinfiltration_83
ACC83_Low = Capacity83_Low - 
QCD_83_Low - Qinfiltration_83_Low

Where:

Capacity95, Capacity83, and 
Capacity83_Low = cooling capacity measured in section 
4.1.1 of this appendix.
QCD_95, QCD_83, and QCD_83_Low = 
duct heat transfer while operating in cooling mode, calculated in 
section 4.1.1.1 of this appendix.
Qinfiltration_95, Qinfiltration_83, and 
Qinfiltration_83_Low = total infiltration air heat 
transfer in cooling mode, calculated in section 4.1.1.2 of this 
appendix.''

    Replace the table of Annual Operating Hours in Appendix CC section 
5.3 with the following:

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------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                 Annual
                        Operating mode                         operating
                                                                 hours
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cooling Mode, Dual-Duct test condition 1.....................        750
Cooling Mode, Dual-Duct test condition 2.....................        750
Cooling Mode, Dual-Duct, test condition 3....................        750
Off-Cycle....................................................        880
Inactive or Off..............................................      1,355
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Change the definition of variable ``m'' in Appendix CC section 5.3 
to the following:
    ``m represents the operating mode (``95'' for test condition 1, 
``83'' for test condition 2, ``83_Low'' for test condition 3, ``oc'' 
off cycle, and ``ia'' inactive or ``om'' off mode).''
    Replace section 5.4 of Appendix CC with the following:
    ``5.4 Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio. Using the annual operating 
hours, as outlined in section.
    5.3 of this appendix, calculate the combined energy efficiency 
ratios, CEERSS and CEERUA, expressed in Btu/Wh, 
according to the following:
    For Single-Speed Units:
    [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06AP21.009
    
    For Variable Speed Units:
    [GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06AP21.010
    
Where:

CEERSS = combined energy efficiency ratio for the single-
speed portable air conditioner, in Btu/Wh.
ACC95, ACC83 and ACC83_Low = 
adjusted cooling capacity, in Btu/h, calculated in section 5.1 of 
this appendix.
CEERUA = combined energy efficiency ratio for the 
variable-speed portable air conditioner, in Btu/Wh.
AEC95, AEC83, and AEC83_Low = 
annual energy consumption for the cooling mode tests, in kWh/year, 
calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix.
AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to all 
modes except cooling, in kWh/year, calculated in section 5.3 of this 
appendix.
750 = number of cooling mode hours per year.
0.01 kWh/Wh = conversion factor for watt-hours to kilowatt-hours.
0.2 = weighting factor for the 95 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor condition 
test.
0.8 = weighting factor for the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor condition 
test.''

    Modify section 5.5 of the LG waiver by adding the following after 
``Adjust the combined energy efficiency ratio'' and before ``as 
follows.'': ``for variable speed units''
    Modify section 5.5.1 of the LG waiver by replacing everything after 
``Calculate the cooling capacity and cooling capacity with cycling 
losses, expressed in British thermal units per hour (Btu/h), and 
electrical power input, expressed in watts, for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner'' with the following:

``at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix. A theoretical 
comparable single-speed compressor has the same cooling capacity and 
electrical input, with cycling losses, as the tested per test condition 
2 in Table 4.1 of this appendix and further adjusted to account for the 
different compressor speeds.

Capacity83_SS = Capacity83 x FCap
Capacity83_SS_CLF = Capacity83_SS x 0.875
P83_SS = P83 x FCap

Where:

Capacity83_SS = theoretical comparable single-speed 
portable air conditioner cooling capacity, in Btu/h, calculated for 
test condition 2 in Table 1.
Capacity83_SS_CLF = theoretical comparable single-speed 
portable air conditioner cooling capacity with cycling losses, in 
Btu/h, calculated for test condition 2 in Table 1.
Capacity83 = variable-speed portable air conditioner 
cooling capacity, in Btu/h, determined in section 4.1 of this 
appendix for test condition 2 in Table 1.
P83_SS = theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner electrical power input, in watts, calculated for test 
condition 2 in Table 1.
P83 = variable-speed portable air conditioner electrical 
power input, in watts, determined in section 4.1 of this appendix 
for test condition 2 in Table 1.
0.875 = cycling loss factor for the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition.
FCap = adjustment factor to account for different 
compressor speeds at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix 
between single-speed and variable-speed compressors, 0.92.''

    Delete section 5.5.2 from the LG waiver. This section is not 
needed, and instead the duct loss for a comparable single speed unit is 
accounted for in section 4.1.1.
    Delete section 5.5.3 from the LG waiver. This section is not 
needed, and instead the infiltration for a comparable single speed unit 
is accounted for in section 4.1.2.
    Replace section 5.5.4 in the LG waiver with the following:
    ``5.5.4 Adjusted Cooling Capacity for a Theoretical Comparable 
Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner at the Lower Outdoor Test 
Condition. Calculate the adjusted cooling capacity for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner operating at test 
condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix with and without cycling 
losses, ACC83_SS and ACC 83_SS_CLF, respectively, 
expressed in Btu/h, according to the following equation:

ACC83_SS = Capacity83_SS - QCD_83 - 
Qinfiltration_83
ACC83_SS_CLF = Capacity83_SS_CLF - 
QCD_83 - Qinfiltration_83

Where:

ACC83_SS and ACC83_SS_CLF = adjusted cooling 
capacity for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix without 
and with cycling losses, respectively, in Btu/h.
Capacity83_SS and Capacity83_SS_CLF = 
theoretical comparable single-speed

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portable air conditioner cooling capacity without and with cycling 
losses, respectively, in Btu/h, at test condition 2 in Table 1 of 
this appendix, calculated in section 5.5.1 of this appendix.
QCD_83 = total heat transferred from the ducts to the 
indoor conditioned space in cooling mode for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at test condition 2 
in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/h, calculated in section 4.1.1 
of this appendix.
Qinfiltration_83_SS = total infiltration air heat in 
cooling mode for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in Btu/
h, calculated in section 4.1.2 of this appendix.''

    Modify section 5.5.5 in the LG waiver by replacing everything after 
``Calculate the annual energy consumption in cooling mode for a 
theoretical comparable single-speed portable air conditioner at'' with 
the following:

``test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in kWh/year, according 
to the following equations:
AEC83_SS = P83_SS x 750 x 0.001

Where:

AEC83_SS = annual energy consumption for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner in cooling mode at 
test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in kWh/year.
P83_SS = electrical power input for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner electrical power 
input at condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, in watts, 
calculated in section 5.5.1 of this appendix.
750 = number of cooling mode hours per year, as defined in section 
5.3 of this appendix.
0.001 kWh/Wh = conversion factor from watt-hours to kilowatt-hours.

    Replace section 5.5.6 of the LG waiver with the following:
    ``5.5.6 Combined Energy Efficiency Ratio for a Theoretical 
Comparable Single-Speed Portable Air Conditioner. Calculate the 
combined energy efficiency ratio for a theoretical comparable single-
speed portable air conditioner without and with cycling, 
CEERSS, and with cycling losses, CEERSS_CLF, in 
Btu/Wh, according to the following equations:
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TN06AP21.011

Where:

CEERSS and CEERSS_CLF = combined energy 
efficiency ratio for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable 
air conditioner without and with cycling losses considered, 
respectively, in Btu/Wh.
ACC95 = adjusted cooling capacity for the sample unit, as 
calculated in section 5.1 of this appendix, when tested at test 
condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix that is representative of 
operation at the 95 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature operating 
condition, in Btu/h.
ACC83 and ACC83_SS_CLF = adjusted cooling 
capacity for a theoretical comparable single-speed portable air 
conditioner at test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix without 
and with cycling losses, respectively, as calculated in section 
5.5.4 of this appendix, in Btu/h.
AEC95 = annual energy consumption for the sample unit, as 
calculated in section 5.3 of this appendix, for cooling mode 
operation at test condition 1 in Table 1 of this appendix that 
represents operation at a 95 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor temperature 
operating condition, in kWh/year.
AEC83_SS = annual energy consumption for a theoretical 
comparable single-speed portable air conditioner in cooling mode at 
test condition 2 in Table 1 of this appendix, calculated in section 
5.5.5 of this appendix, in kWh/year.
AECT = total annual energy consumption attributed to all 
operating modes except cooling for the sample unit, calculated in 
section 5.3 of this appendix, in kWh/year.
750 and 0.001 as defined previously in this section.
0.2 = weighting factor for the 95 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition.
0.8 = weighting factor for the 83 [deg]F dry-bulb outdoor 
temperature operating condition.''
VII. Additional Justification for Interim Waiver Application
a. There Is a Strong Likelihood That the Waiver Will Be Granted
    This Petition provides strong evidence that the Waiver will be 
granted. A Waiver is appropriate because the current test procedure 
does not accurately reflect the energy efficiency of models with VSCs 
since it tests only in the full load condition at two test points. 
These compressors can vary the rotational speed based upon the 
difference in unit set-point and the ambient temperature of the 
conditioned space, and will optimize the energy usage based on these 
conditions that can result in a greater compressor speed at less load. 
A PAC without a VSC cannot operate in this fashion as the compressor is 
either on at full capacity or off. The test procedure in the waiver 
granted to LG published on June 2, 2020, will account for energy being 
used at different test conditions with some modification for Midea's 
units.
    Additionally, the current test procedure does not account for 
Midea's unique combined- duct technology that requires special 
provisions to measure the inlet and outlet condenser airflow and 
measure the duct heat transfer. Midea has also demonstrated that its 
approach is consistent with waivers granted by DOE to other 
manufacturers with VSC technology.
b. Economic Hardship Would Be Caused by Denial of an Interim Waiver
    In the absence of an Interim Waiver, Midea will lack certainty as 
to whether it can launch these combined-duct PACs with VSCs. Midea 
believes there will be strong consumer demand for these PACs, and the 
inability to market due to the denial of an Interim Waiver will cause 
economic hardship and competitive disadvantage to Midea. This is 
because there are exceptionally long lead times and significant 
expenses associated with the design and manufacturer of PACs. 
Compliance with energy consumption standards is a critical design 
factor for all of Midea's PACs. Any delay in obtaining clarity on this 
issue will force Midea to postpone key decisions regarding its 
investments to build, launch and market these PACs. In the event that 
this Interim Waiver is not approved, Midea would not be able to move 
forward with the launch of these models, resulting in a multi-million-
dollar impact to the company and would require costly contingency plans 
and put us at a competitive disadvantage to competitors.

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C. Sound Public Policy Supports Grant of the Interim Waiver
    The grant of an Interim Waiver is also supported by sound public 
policy. The models for which an interim waiver is sought utilize 
technological advances that increase energy efficiency, reduce energy 
consumption, lower costs for consumers, and provide enhanced comfort.

Conclusion

    Midea respectfully requests that DOE grant this Petition for Waiver 
and Application for Interim Waiver. By granting this Waiver, DOE will 
ensure that consumers will have access to new, innovative and energy 
efficient combined-duct PACs with and without VSCs.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/--------------------------------------------------------------------

Scott Blake Harris

John Hodges

Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, 1919 M Street NW, Washington, DC 
20036, Counsel for GD Midea Air Conditioning Equipment Co. LTD.

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