Spotlight: Global Cooling
As the Earth warms, it becomes more important than ever to ensure that people have access to the technology they need to stay cool. And yet increased use of air conditioning contributes to the warming of the planet by both releasing hydrofluorocarbon-based refrigerants into the atmosphere and by increasing energy demand, which in many cases is met by burning fossil fuels. How do we stay cool without roasting the planet in the process?
Global Cooling Series
We Need a New Approach to Cooling
The world’s first air conditioner was developed in 1902 to remove humidity from a building. Willis Carrier’s invention, that enabled the precise control of temperature and humidity, became the fundamental building block for modern air conditioning, evolving through the 1920s into air conditioners to provide cooling to the built environment.
The Global Cooling Prize
The Global Cooling Prize is rallying a global coalition of leaders to solve the critical climate threat that comes from growing residential air conditioning demand. By harnessing the power of innovation, we can provide cooling solutions that enhance people's lives without contributing to runaway climate change.
Solutions for India’s Cooling Quandary
Last month consumers across India received a jolt when they were delivered their electricity bills. The combined effects of stay-at-home measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the sweltering heat of the Indian summer, and increased usage of energy intensive appliances such as air conditioners resulted in electricity bills being up to ten times higher than normal.
Keeping Trucking Cool
Solar HVAC for Trucking Fleets Can Keep Drivers Cool, Increase Fuel Efficiency, and Reduce Emissions
To reduce fuel consumption—which by extension decreases emissions—trucking fleets are using auxiliary electric battery HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) units in combination with solar panels installed on truck roofs.
How to Stay Cool while Saving Energy
As a heat wave grips much of the country, with temperatures in some areas running into the triple digits, keeping cool is critical. Yet as millions of people rely on air conditioners we run into problems. California’s power grid operators declared a Stage 3 electrical emergency last weekend due…