Technology that is kept from consumers by greed.
Could we have a refrigerator with no moving parts and works off of heat only? Well, actually we already have the idea and it works. It was invented in 1926, by Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard. Einstein was motivated to revolutionize the refrigerator, when he heard of a family dying from toxic fumes being released after a fridge seal went bad. The duos three patents were bought by AB Electrolux. However, they were short lived. The invention of Freon refrigerators caused Einstein’s refrigerator to become obsolete technology.
The invention required nothing more than ammonia, butane, water, and a small heat source… like a gas burner. It does not have one moving part and requires absolutely no electricity. Proponents describe the refrigerator as “noiseless, inexpensive to produce, and durable.” Imagine what this could do for the eco friendly movement. Further, think about what this would mean for underdeveloped countries, without electricity.
I have to wonder if energy free refrigerators were buried because they were inexpensive, and lack the need for part replacement, etc.. It wouldn’t be anything new. Oil companies have long buried free energy ideas, like the H20 & cooking oil fueled cars.
Just when I was about to loose hope of ever seeing this refrigerator in Lowe’s, I came across a PSYSORG article. Apparently, Malcolm McCulloch, an electrical engineer at Oxford, has been working to bring Einstein’s refrigerator to life. Einstein’s Frankenstein…so to speak. His team has already built a working prototype of Einstein and Szilard’s refrigerator. This would mean no more greenhouse gasses from refrigerators. Instead, pressurized gas will keep cool the refrigerator. McCulloch has been developing a solar energy system to act as the “heat source,” and working to make it as cooling efficient as modern products.
So, keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully, in about three years we may see these at Lowe’s.
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