Ames Laboratory uses 3D printing to design new energy-efficient refrigeration system

Ames Laboratory uses 3D printing to design new energy-efficient refrigeration system

A new breakthrough in refrigeration has been achieved by researchers at the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and 3D printing was a major part of it. The researchers made use of the technology to design and build a new advanced model system, which successfully used very small quantities of magnetocaloric materials to achieve refrigeration-level cooling. This points the way forward to the development of more energy-efficient, solid-state cooling systems, to replace the antiquated gas compression refrigeration that is most commonly used today. Known as CaloriSMART (Small Modular Advanced Research-scale Test-station), the system was designed specifically for the rapid […]

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