Energy Manager: Scientists at the research consortium CaloriCool believe they are closing in on the materials needed for a new type of refrigeration technology that is “markedly more energy-efficient” than current gas compression systems.
Scientists at the US Caloric Materials Consortium, CaloriCool, claim to be closer to producing a caloric refrigeration system that is markedly more efficient than current gas compression systems.
CaloriCoolⓇ launched with the idea that refrigeration could be radically better—cheaper, cleaner, more precise and energy-efficient—by abandoning vapor compression for something entirely new: a solid-state caloric system. And this research team plans to do it—including adoption into manufactured systems and products—within a decade.
How do we sustain the rapid growth in the global heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) market using current vapor-compression technology? Developed for commercial applications during the first half of the 20th century, modern vapor compression refrigeration systems power the air conditioning in our homes, office buildings, and cars, as well as satisfy our residential and commercial refrigeration needs.
New York Times climate change writer Lisa Friedman's article "If You Fix This, You Fix a Big Piece of the Climate Puzzle" highlights the need to "fix" air conditioning technology now to have a significant impact on climate change. According to the article, growing economies in developing nations will mean an additional 1.6 billion air-conditioners by 2050 that will require increased generating capacity of thousands of new power plants.