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  • Briefs: Thermoacoustics

    A project led by the University of Nottingham aims at developing a device acting as a refrigerator, cooker and power generator, using biomass fuels such as wood. The SCORE (Stove for COoking, Refrigeration and Electricity) is based on the use of...

    • Publication date : 2007/08/05
  • Briefs: Thermoacoustics for air conditioning

    The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), is developing a new form of refrigeration for cooling at room temperature, based on thermoacoustics, which was previously used only for cryogenic temperatures. The technology PARC developed is claimed to...

    • Publication date : 2010/05/27
  • Refrigerants Naturally

    During the conference Refrigerants Naturally held by UNEP and Greenpeace on June 22, 2004 in Brussels, Belgium, three companies reported on their global environmental actions and presented their objectives in this field: - Coca-Cola (Jeff...

    • Publication date : 2004/11/10
  • R&D topics

    In this issue of the Newsletter dedicated to environmental issues, we present several initiatives related to promising refrigeration technologies or applications which have the potential to decrease the environmental impact of refrigeration plants...

    • Publication date : 2007/08/05
  • Progress in electrocaloric cooling

    A team of researchers develop a new material with electrocaloric effects over a wider temperature range.

    • Publication date : 2019/10/30
  • A laser beam which cools liquids

    The first laser refrigeration process was demonstrated in vacuum conditions in 1995. Twenty years later, a team from University of Washington explains in a study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, how a laser can...

    • Publication date : 2016/05/17
  • Shape memory alloys: cooling with metal muscles

    Researchers from the University of Saarland (Germany) are constructing an optimized prototype for an air-cooling system in which heat and cold are transferred using “muscles” made from a nickel-titanium alloy thanks to the elastocaloric effect.

    • Publication date : 2016/08/19
  • Evaporative cooling without adding humidity

    Scientists at the University of Harvard have designed a prototype evaporative cooling system called Cold-SNAP that effectively cools air at low cost for both dry and humid climates.

    • Publication date : 2020/05/26
    • Subjects: Developing country, Technology
  • New evaporative cooling system for more energy efficient data centres

    A dew point cooling system, which is an indirect evaporative cooling system that approaches the dew point, has reduced the electricity consumption of a UK data centre by 80%. 

    • Publication date : 2021/12/15
    • Subjects: Technology
  • Recent overview of research on electrocaloric cooling

    A recent literature review presents an overview of research on electrocaloric cooling. The authors addressed the following topics: thermodynamic cycles, electrocaloric materials, experimental devices, numerical...

    • Publication date : 2021/01/04
    • Subjects: Technology
  • Cooling without electricity

    The US Stanford University is currently testing an innovative cooling technology using radiative sky cooling.

    • Publication date : 2018/01/24
  • A review of current status of free cooling in data centres

    A study published in Applied Thermal Engineering reviews current status of the free cooling technologies in data centres

    • Publication date : 2017/09/19
  • Radiative cooling coatings that can adapt to the seasons

    A novel material can be used as a coating on building’s rooftops or windows to provide radiative cooling in the summer without overcooling in the colder months. 

    • Publication date : 2022/01/28
    • Subjects: Technology
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    Radiative cooling: smart materials to switch from heating to cooling

    Researchers have developed a radiative thermal management device, composed of several layers of reflective/absorbent materials, capable of switching between heating and cooling...

    • Publication date : 2022/09/28
    • Subjects: Technology
  • Cooling a drink in a few minutes will be possible soon!

    Juno, which is a prototype of "reverse microwave", was featured during the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) that was held from January 7- 10, 2020 in Las Vegas.

    • Publication date : 2020/02/06