UMD's Thermoelastic Cooling

Researchers at the University of Maryland are developing an energy-efficient cooling system that eliminates the need for synthetic refrigerants that harm the environment. Using thermoelastic cooling systems, UMD is developing and testing shape memory alloys and a cooling device that alternately absorbs or creates heat in much the same way as a vapor compression system, but with significantly less energy and a smaller operational footprint.

 

Energy Department Image | Photo by Quentin Kruger (Contractor)

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Taken in February 2012