Bo de Debo facilities in Sant Vicenç de Castellet @HyCool Project EU

Sustainability involves the conservation of resources, yet also the reuse of existing resources – for example lost heat. Whether during cooking, hot showers or in the server center of an Internet provider: it is everywhere and disappears partially unused into the environment. Actually, it inadvertently heats it up. A Swiss research team demonstrated last November that lost heat can be used for cooling as part of the multi-yeared THRIVE project – which means “Thermally driven adsorption heat pumps for substitution of electricity and fossil fuels”. Now this unconventional idea is entering the next phase: under the name HyCool, lost heat from two Spanish factories will be collected and used for industrial cooling.

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.