Summary #206

Green material for refrigeration identified

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  • Traditional and inefficient cooling systems might finally get an eco-friendly replacement.
  • Current refrigerators and air conditioners use up ⅕ of electricity globally and use toxic and flammable gases as coolants, which contributes to global warming.
  • Now scientists have found that if put under pressure, plastic crystals of neopentylglycol (NPG) are a good candidate for replacing traditionally used gases.
  • NPG is widely available and inexpensive to produce.
  • It might be the answer to solving long-standing issues with traditional cooling systems.

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