Today’s Refrigeration News Blog Post of Wednesday, January 11, 2023: See Picture: It’s high time you ditched your fridge for another better cooler
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Today’s Refrigeration News Blog Post of Wednesday, January 11, 2023: See Picture: It’s high time you ditched your refrigerator for another better cooler
It’s high time you ditched your refrigerator for another better cooler because researchers have a newly developed refrigeration cycle that researchers hope could help phase out refrigerants in refrigerators that contribute to global warming in our latest today’s refrigeration news blog post of Wednesday, January 11, 2023.
Researchers hope that ionocaloric cooling could someday help replace refrigerants with high global warming potential and provide safe, efficient cooling and heating for homes.
Ionocaloric cooling takes advantage of how energy, or heat, is stored or released when a material changes phase – such as changing from solid ice to liquid water. Melting a material absorbs heat from the surroundings while solidifying it releases heat. The ionocaloric cycle causes this phase and temperature change through the flow of ions (electrically charged atoms or molecules) which come from salt, according to the Scitechdaily refrigeration news report.
Researchers hope that the method could one day provide efficient heating and cooling, which accounts for more than half of the energy used in homes, and help phase out current “vapor compression” systems, which use gases with high global warming potential as refrigerants. Ionocaloric refrigeration would eliminate the risk of such gases escaping into the atmosphere by replacing them with solid and liquid components.
Finding a solution that replaces current refrigerants is essential for countries to meet climate change goals, such as those in the Kigali Amendment (accepted by 145 parties, including the United States in October 2022).
The new ionocaloric cycle joins several other kinds of “caloric” cooling in development. Those techniques use different methods – including magnetism, pressure, stretching, and electric fields – to manipulate solid materials so that they absorb or release heat.
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