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Embraco develops lightweight microcompressor

Embraco has developed a refrigeration based microcompressor weighing only 200 grams, claimed to be the size of a permanent marker.

The technology, currently in prototype phase, will be debuted at 24th International Electronics Fair this month.

Part of a four year research program in small-scale cooling, the microcompressor eliminates the use of lubricating oil and can be placed in any position in the system.

Embraco claims the microcompressor can be used in different segments, including the cooling of electronic components for industrial machinery, and expects it to be installed in the product’s pilot line in the first half of 2011.

Other applications include portable refrigerators, refrigerated storage for use in the medical field (such as transporting organs) and in automobiles.

To compliment the technology the company’s electronic division has developed a 20.2cm2 electronic control board (inverter), five times smaller than conventional ones.

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