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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