Going Green

Friday, August 8, 2008

Compressor-less Refrigerators of the Future

This one has a lot of interesting implications and possible applications.

Compressor-free refrigerator may loom in the future

Thursday, August 7, 2008

University Park, Pa. -- Refrigerators and other cooling devices may one day lose their compressors and coils of piping and become solid state, according to Penn State researchers who are investigating electrically induced heat effects of some ferroelectric polymers.

"This is the first step in the development of an electric field refrigeration unit," says Qiming Zhang, distinguished professor of electrical engineering. "For the future, we can envision a flat panel refrigerator. No more coils, no more compressors, just...(complete article here).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The question I have is how economical will this solution be? Will the market for compressors that is worth over 100 Billion dollars Globally today (and continues to grow) accept such a solution?