Thanks to new energy saving technology developed by US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, we will be able to save more electricity starting next summer. This new invented energy saving process will utilize anywhere from 50 to 90 per cent less energy compare to today’s top-of-the-line energy efficient air conditioner units.
The new energy saving system will involve using membranes, evaporative cooling and liquid desiccants in a way that has never been done before. The Evaporative Coolers are subject to a significant lower-cost alternative to Air Conditioners in dryer climates, however, they will not work when the weather is too humid.
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The technology combines filters, coolers, and drying agents to make air conditioners more energy-efficient, and will therefore cut down on those large summer power bills, when the AC is running at full capacity.Summer is here and a lot of us have to run an air conditioner to keep things livable. Otherwise, the sweltering heat will just drain our brains and make it impossible to get any work done. Thankfully, a new kind of technology has been developed to make air conditioners a lot more energy efficient.
The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, part of the Department of Energy, has just announced the development of a new type of air conditioning technology.
Desiccants are known to make things dryer by sucking out the moisture. The type the NREL uses are syrupy liquids, that are basically attracted to humidity and rapidly create dry air. These systems can get quite complex, which is why we haven’t seen any on the consumer market yet. NREL has solved this problem by using thin hydrophobic membranes that integrate desiccation and evaporative cooling. The result is a system that provides better comfort and humidity control.
They’re also greener because they use salt solutions instead of refrigerants. This means that there are no CFCs or HCFCs to worry about. The new tech is called DEVap and uses little electricity since it relies on an absorption cycle. The goal is the license this out to the air conditioning industry. Hopefully, in a few years, we’ll be seeing these new types of ACs on the markets.
Photo Credit: Pat Corkery And NREL