How gas fired coolers can help with CO2 emissions
With an increase in use of natural gas in homes and offices, many cities are looking to use natural gas for cooling.
A recent report from the National Center for Atmospheric Research, however, says that in many cases, the technology has the potential to be detrimental to our environment.
The report examined three different forms of natural-gas coolers.
While a few have been proven to be effective in cooling buildings and homes, they may not be as beneficial as the technology is touted to be.
Read moreThe National Center said it has conducted numerous tests on gas-fired coolers and found that, while they do work well for cooling buildings, they don’t have the cooling power that they claim to.
“There is a real opportunity to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere,” said Matthew Bresnahan, a climate scientist with the Center.
Bresnahans team used data from the U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Network, which measures levels of carbon monoxide and other air pollutants in the air.
It then compared those data with information about gas-powered coolers that were tested in the U of M’s Cooling Technology Lab.
Besnahan said the cooling technology that he and his colleagues developed is not unique to the University of Minnesota.
In fact, many cooling technologies have been found to have the potential of being harmful to the environment.
“These are just a few of the more common examples that have been identified,” Bresnnahans said.
“They are all technologies that we have been using for many years in our lab and are often used for other purposes, including to create and deliver cooling products,” he added.
“For example, some of these technologies may be used to create refrigerants or refrigerant refrigerant additives that could have a significant impact on the environment.”
Bresnnahan said a company that uses a gas-fueled gas turbine in its cooling equipment would likely be using natural gas instead of carbon-based fuels.
“When you look at the technology in the cooling sector, you have many technologies that use carbon-fuel energy sources.
Some of them may be very good at lowering CO2, but they don