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Magnetic refrigeration technology to be developed

A next-generation air conditioning system using magnetic refrigeration technology is set to be developed by Astronautics Corp of America, following the award of a $2.9m energy grant.

Magnetic refrigeration uses special alloys combined with a magnetic field to derive temperature changes, replacing conventional systems that use compressors and refrigerants.

The goal is to develop a magnetic refrigeration cooling system for commercial and residential buildings, with the prototype slated to provide 3.5kW of cooling power - a manufactured version is said to be ready within five years.

Michael Russek, Astronautics chief executive, says: “It’s a very exciting breakthrough for us, we’ve been engaged in magnetic refrigeration since 1985, and we have put in significant investment of our own in independent research and development.”

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