This summer has been classified as one of the hottest in recent years. The formula, to try to survive the high temperatures At home, it involves using tips and tricks, investing in a fan (ceiling or not), an aerothermal system or pulling air conditioning. The problem with the latter is how it affects the electricity bill.
Surely more than one occasion, when you have put the air conditioning, you have thought about what will be the bill that comes to you at the end of the month. A problem that this French company wants to end by creating a conditioned idea that works without having to spend electricity.
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From the other side of the Pyrenees comes the development carried out by a French design studio. Entreautre, which is his name, has created a air conditioning made of ceramic I printed in 3D.
The main claim of this development is that it is about a device with low technological impact, which manages to cool the interior of the house without having to consume electricity. And for this, the construction method and the materials used are key.
The company has created an air 3D printed and made with terracotta, a kind of ceramic that is processed at low temperatures. This air conditioning works through evaporation, a system that we have already talked about on other occasions.
The operation of this type of device is based (roughly) in the system used by botijos to keep the water cool, only that it is used to lower the temperature at home.
What this system does is that it takes in the air around it, which comes into contact with the water and using it (or ice), traps its humidity. Thus, air passes through the soaked filter and cools, producing fresh air and thus manages to lower the ambient temperature. Evaporative systems use this natural principle to lower the temperature with low energy consumption.
To this refrigeration system, they have joined the use of terracotta, in this case to create a 3D model. They have taken advantage of the natural properties of this kind of ceramicbased on the porosity that it offers and that favors the filtering of water and maintaining humidity in the environment.
In addition to its characteristic color, which is generally reddish or brown due to the high concentration of iron oxide in the clay, another of the distinctive characteristics of terracotta is that it is porous and is usually less vitrified than other types of ceramics, which means that it is not as waterproof. Therefore, terracotta is suitable for the creation of vases, pots, bricks and sculptures, but it is not generally used for objects that need to retain liquids, such as cups or plates. As we can see, for this case, it seems ideal.
The development of an air conditioning system that does not consume electricitythe creators have used terracotta, creating a container in which a quantity of water is circulated inside, while on the outside of the humid walls, the evaporation of said liquid is favored, producing colder air.
What the water does is imitate the functioning of the strain, a natural filtration process in which water is filtered through a deposit of sediments and rocks. And if this normally occurs in underground formations, such as an aquifer, now it is in biomimetic air conditioning.
But there is still more and that is that the air conditioning has been 3D printed, imitating the structure offered by a coral in order to maximize the wet wall surface that can achieve a greater amount of cold air. For this they have used a ceramic 3D printer that admits all types of clay without the need for water created by the designer Olivier Van Herpt.
Among the advantages of this development, is that apart from not consuming electricity, it is an element that can have decorative functionsboth for the use of terracotta, and for the forms they have created themselves.
This type of refrigeration system work great in dry environments and also, in the case of maintenance, this is practically limited to maintaining the tank with water and cleaning the filters.
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