Scientists cool buildings by beaming heat into space

December 12, 2014 2:49 PM

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Scientists cool buildings by beaming heat into space

Illustration of the material reflecting incoming sunlight (yellow splotch) and sending heat from inside the structure directly into space as infrared radiation (reddish rays). Blue areas on roof show the cooling effect. (Fan Lab, Stanford Engineering)

Ready to give expensive air conditioning bills the cold shoulder? Researchers at Stanford have found a way to keep buildings cool using a new super-thin material that can beam indoor heat into space. “Cooling is very important,” Project Leader and Stanford Professor Shanhui Fan said. “It’s one of th...

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