Though nanotechnology has been making waves in the world of science and technology for some time now, its use in consumer products has only recently started making waves.
Nanotechnology and energy have an important co-relation and scientists and engineers have been working tirelessly to develop newer and exciting technologies that have the ability to significantly improve quality of life globally.
Nanotechnology And Consumer Products
Manufacturers of several consumer products have already begun to develop and harness the immense benefits of nanotechnology to develop consumer products for improved efficiency, better performance, and reducing negative impact on the environment.
Benefits like these are motivating more and more manufacturers to investment finances in the research and development of the applications for their products using nanotech.
Old and new, many companies like BetaBatt, Inc., Oxane Materials etc, have already started using ‘nanomaterials’ to develop as well as improve on existing processes that are being used to trap, store, and transfer energy for use in consumer products.
Nanotechnology And Air Conditioning
The current buzz word in the air conditioning world is “NanoAir.” This revolutionary air treatment method uses nanotechnology to eliminate the need for using common refrigerants like CFC/HCFC that are commonly used by HVAC – heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration – industries.
Since NanoAir is based on harnessing energy using nanoparticles, it doesn’t need cooling/agents like fluorocarbon, thereby cutting down on carbon footprint by more than 50%. Moreover, toxic CO2 emissions are reduced as much as 57%. Once this technology becomes a standard, there’ll only be a huge upside to its use. Consumers will be able to save more, get more comfort, breathe in fresher, cleaner air inside and outside, and generally, enjoy a better quality of life.
NanoAir’s mechanism is based on having separate controls for moisture (humidity) and temperature. This ‘separation’ mechanism is the value proposition of the NanoAir system and studies have determined SEER or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratings of higher than 30, and EER or Energy Efficiency Ratings of around 25 as a result of this method.
NanoAir spells simplicity, whether it’s the parts, the system, the operation or the design. So much so that the air conditioning unit will be installed at almost the same or lower cost than the current systems. With Dias nanomaterials (Dias is the company working on this project) for internal components, the system will also use regular HVAC parts and a supply of drinkable water. The NanoAir system will contribute heavily to repair the damage caused to the environment as well as increase efficiency.
Benefits of Using Nanotechnology In Air Conditioning
As of 2007, the global air conditioning industry (medium-and-small size) was estimated at around $190 billion. However, the principles of operation were still a century old or as patented by Willis Carrier in the year 1906!
However, use of nanotechnology in HVAC systems has revolutionized the industry. The biggest sources of the depletion of ozone layer are fluorocarbons like CFC and HCFCs. While reducing the use of these gases has been a challenge, successful use and implementation of NanoAir can reduce these harmful emissions to ZERO!
Furthermore, NanoAir can improve the quality of indoor air significantly, leading to healthier lifestyles and higher energy levels and lower number of respiratory diseases like asthma, which cost the US public health department $3.5 billion in 2007 alone.
NanoAir system also produces 30Btu/h of cooling as compared with the current 13Btu/h per W of energy input. This means that while a traditional 3T air conditioning system in a small-sized home requires 2.77kW of electricity, the nanotechnology based air conditioning system of the same size and at the same location would use only 1.2kW of electricity and produce just 1.64lb/hr of CO2 as compared to 3.77lb/hr of CO2 generated now. The impact of this will be seen promptly in form of lower electricity bills and enhanced savings per year.
While NanoAir system is undergoing the first stage or beta testing at the Dais’s Tampa Bay facility, the day when this technology can be implemented on a large scale is not far and saving the environment will no longer just be a dream, but a reality.