Cooling Down Using Sound Waves

Research at Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) could lead to the replacement of mechanical compressors in refrigerators and air conditioners. The new technology could lead to a threefold increase in the efficiency of these devices. The principle is quite simple – thermoacoustic compressors work in the same way as traditional mechanical compressors. They compress or expand gases with high-intensity sound waves. Compressing gases generates heat, while letting the gases expand cools things off.

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Chris Mason

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Chris' passion for software, technology and innovation began in his teens with a diet of Sinclair ZX80's, Commodore Pets and early Apple products. Chris graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1983 and went on to have a career in software product development, software team management, web development, marketing and, now, general management. His other passions include bicycles, IoT, coffee, running, walking, cooking and supercharged Jags.

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