From The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
"A group of researchers at the Technical University of Denmarkâs project laboratory in RisÃ¸ have discovered a cooling method that uses magnetic materials instead of electricity, reported daily free newspaper Nyhedsavisen.
The invention will allow for refrigerators to replace existing electric refrigerators in homes and businesses with a fully environmentally friendly power source. Although the first prototype will not be ready until 2010, the projectâs researchers say the applianceâs cooling cycle efficiency will be 60 percent greater than that of conventional refrigerators.
The new method uses opposing magnetic fields to increase the temperature of the materials employed. The heat energy is transported through a non-volatile fluid, such as water, and then thermodynamically reversed to a cold temperature. The scientists have already been able to cool a 20Â° C room to 11Â°C using the new technology.
âIt probably isnât realistic to believe that magnetic cooling technology will be immediately available for consumer use, especially as refrigerator manufacturers have brought prices down so much in the past few years,â said Christian Bahl, one of DTUâs project researchers.
But Bahl said another of the magnetic refrigeratorâs advantages is that it is silent.
âSo it will likely be first used in various niche areas, such as places where a quiet environment is an important factor.â
Although magnetic cooling is not in itself a new research field, the DTU scientists were the first to use the technology in an actual physical setting to cool room temperatures."
The Copenhagen Post