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Researchers in Colorado have figured out what makes air conditioners consume so much energy. It’s not the heat.

Mark Jaffe of The Colorado Sun reports on the impact that heat and humidity have on air conditioning.

The C3 Take
  • Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have discovered that humidity, not heat, is what is primarily causing air conditioners to consume so much energy.
  • Finding ways to make air conditioning more efficient will be especially important as heat waves and higher temperatures become more frequent.
  • Companies like Baco Rotan-based Blue Frontier are creating innovative air conditioners that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly.
  • Lowering the carbon footprint of cooling will be solved through private sector innovation.

Blue Frontier, a Boca Raton, Florida, startup backed by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, is also using NREL patented liquid desiccant technology matched with evaporative cooling, which, when it gets to market, the company says will deliver up to 80% energy savings compared with vapor compression. 

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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