:: 2.17.2004 ::
Cool-o! Heat-powered personal air conditioners
Instead of using electricity to run a mechanical compressor, this latest system is heat-actuated, which avoids having to carry heavy batteries. This means that wearers can carry lighter, more energy-dense fuels like gasoline, propane or diesel in a canister to burn and drive the cooling system.
They are expected to be available at the end of this year.
The technology could also mean better ways to aircondition cars. "The heat from the exhaust can power our heat-actuated cooling system," said TeGrotenhuis. "Removing the airconditioner from the engine and using waste heat improves energy efficiency."
Space travel should benefit too, he said, especially in light of U.S. President George Bush's announcement of manned space missions to the Moon and Mars.
Found on ABCNews, c/o Fark.
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