The commercialization of refrigeration and the related technology of air conditioning began just over 100 years ago. Its use became widespread after the invention of Freon in 1928. Since then, refrigeration has transformed our lives in ways that are difficult to comprehend. Yet, while many technologies have been simplified from hundreds of moving parts to a few solid-state chips, refrigeration technology has remained relatively inefficient, bulky, unreliable, and complex. Fortunately, that’s all about to change. A new kind of cooling system, relying on advanced materials and magnetic fields, is finally nearing mainstream adoption. How does it work? What are the implications? Who will benefit? We’ll show you.
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