New heat pump material to combat global warming
Current coolant gases from air conditioners and fridges either contribute a significant amount to global warming, or otherwise they are dangerous to use. Bowei Huang and Michael Maschek from the Delft company Magneto are working on a safe and environmental friendly alternative for cooling: a unique solid material for heat pumps.
“When we think about global warming, we think about transportation, such as cars, or fossil fuel power plants,” says Maschek. “But more than 10 percent of global warming actually comes from energy consumption of cooling systems and refrigerant gases that leak from fridges and air-conditioners into the atmosphere. For cooling alone, that is more than three times the contribution of aviation and shipping combined.”