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In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings in metropolitan areas

Engineers have designed a new system that can help cool buildings in crowded metropolitan areas without consuming electricity, an important innovation at a time when cities are working to adapt to climate change.  The system consists of a special material—an inexpensive polymer/aluminum film—that's installed inside a box at the bottom of a specially designed solar "shelter." The film helps to keep its surroundings cool by absorbing heat from the air inside the box and transmitting that energy through the Earth's atmosphere into outer space. The shelter serves a dual purpose, helping to block incoming sunlight, while also beaming thermal radiation emitted from the film into the sky.  Read more....

 

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