18 APR 2017
USA: A consortium researching possible caloric materials for use in next-generation refrigeration technologies expects to start tests this year.
Formed last year, the CaloriCool consortium has already made progress in exploring the field of possible caloric materials, which can generate cooling when cyclically acted upon by either magnetic, electric, or mechanical forces, for use in next-generation refrigeration technologies. The group maintains that caloric refrigeration technology could be as much as 30% more energy efficient than traditional vapour-compression refrigeration technology.
The consortium is made up of a team of academic and industry scientists and engineers. It is led by the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory in Iowa and sponsored by the US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).