UC Davis is developing technology using current air conditioning systems to combat the effects of climate change and power grid issues


DAVIS, Calif. (KGO) — The Western Cooling Efficiency Center at UC Davis is trying to develop new air technology that solves grid problems and the challenges of climate change using our current AC systems.

This research would address the issue of peak energy consumption on hot days.

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“The network is stressed in the late afternoon and what happens is that there is too much demand for electricity. One way to remedy this is to use a battery. This new technology at the instead of using a battery uses a liquid that absorbs moisture and by using this liquid that absorbs moisture it acts like a battery but costs a lot less than a battery to do the same thing,” said Mark Modera , the former director of the Cooling Efficiency Center.

And it’s much more environmentally friendly. And if you think you have a smart thermostat now, wait to see what they develop.

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There is a chamber in the laboratory which simulates the ventilation of a small building. They are working on integrating the Air Quality Index and weather forecast with your thermostat and air purifier to pre-cool and pre-ventilate your home before the smoke arrives.

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