AC Innovation for a Better Planet: Student’s Device Targets Climate Change

AC Innovation for a Better Planet: Student’s Device Targets Climate Change
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Air conditioning is a necessity for many people around the world, especially in regions where heatwaves are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change. However, air conditioning also contributes to the problem, as it consumes a lot of energy and emits greenhouse gases that trap more heat in the atmosphere.

But what if there was a way to make air conditioning more efficient and eco-friendly? That is the question that inspired a student from India to invent a device that could reduce global emissions by 1% if installed in AC units across the globe.

The device is made of a material called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), which are porous crystals that can absorb and release large amounts of gas. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered that MOFs can be used to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and release it when exposed to sunlight. This way, the device can reduce the amount of CO2 in the air and also use it as a source of energy for cooling.

The student tested his device on a small-scale AC unit and found that it could reduce its energy consumption by 40% and its CO2 emissions by 80%. He also calculated that if his device was installed in all the AC units in the world, it could reduce global emissions by 1%, which is equivalent to taking 89 million cars off the road.

The student’s invention has attracted the attention of several organizations and companies that are interested in developing and scaling up his idea. He hopes that his device will not only help people stay cool, but also fight climate change and make the world a better place.

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