All that extra heat that gets generated in your house and makes everywhere just stiff and feel burning to you have you ever wondered how you could get them out of your house and into somewhere else? Have you even thought about how and if it is possible for all those heats generated in the steel industry and other related manufacturing firms to be transferred to another place and make for a cool environment? Well, if you haven’t had the time to stop and think about this for a while, or you have even thought about it and dismissed it as a science fiction fantasy, this is the point in time when reality meets technology. It should interest you to know that some group of talented people has taken thinking about this to the next level.
From the Stanford University, a group of researchers has come together and have devised a method of sending all of those extra heat back into space, reducing the temperature of wherever you are. We have been scared of the aliens (whether they exist or not) for a while now and it might be time to let them feel the heat from earth too, no pun intended. If this piece of news has been getting you jumping on your couch and running over the front porch too, let us be the ones to burst your bubble and let you know that this is not a commercially available or censored technology yet, so it would neither be solving the problem of global warming nor would it make your house cold… yet.
While this is an idea that is still tons of research hours away from completion, it is a very tempting idea that we put the freezing vacuum of space to good use and start to use that to get rid of all the heat energies that we did not even need on earth. Before you start to think about the difference between here and space and how this deal could be practicable at all, you should know that the researchers that did the early tests on the units of their prototypes were able to cut the temperature on their devices down by up to forty-two-degree centigrade. If that is not impressive, even for a technology that is in the testing stage, then we don’t know what else should be.
HOW DOES THE TECHNOLOGY WORK?
We would not want to dip our hands into something that we didn’t even know its basis of operation and even though most of the research facts and data sheets have been kept confidential, we have a hint as to the mechanism followed by this operation. Taking advantage of the radioactive cooling property of substances, it has been discovered that while an object can absorb energy in the form of heat, it could also reverse the process and send out the heat energy instead. Considering the whole earth as an envelope, this envelope has a soft spot for shortwave energy sources such as light and would allow this kind of electromagnetic material pass through it into space, with zero hindrance to such material. This means that when energy is at a certain wavelength and is short enough to match that given off by infrared rays, the atmosphere would allow it pass through into the space vacuum with no obstructions. Taking advantage of this knowledge, the researchers created their emitter and made it in such a way that it had, even more, efficiency than the atmosphere could manage
REACHING FOR THE SKIES!
It would be nothing to create an emitter such as this just based on the discovery of a phenomenon that could be exploited and not get it to work, but the researchers made this a true window to the stars. To shield it from the sun, this emitter was placed in a vacuum to ensure that it neither got unwanted heat from the sun or gave off what it wasn’t supposed to. A small window was then created in the vacuum with zinc selenide material, and this was directed towards the skies. Culminating into a cooling device, this design was able to give off a fairly good amount of energy. In the time of the test, it was recorded that it shredded some 37 degree Celsius of heat in a timeframe of 24 hours. As to the choice of zinc selenide in reaching for the skies, this material is well known for its emittance of infrared radiation, and it also does so at a frequency that is the same as the transparency window of the atmosphere.
WHY DO WE NOT HAVE THIS TECHNOLOGY YET?
They would love nothing more than sharing this technology with us, the researchers I mean, but there are still some setbacks to be overcome if this would be truly available in commercial quantities in the nearest future. The device that they have modeled is but a tiny unit and cannot be marketed for commercial use. Even if that stumbling block is overcome, zinc selenide isn’t exactly cheap on the market and cannot be sold in commercial quantities. For now, the designers and architects of this program are looking to work on this model for larger scale equipment, and in the nearest future, even our refrigerators could be making the aliens feel the heat.
Losing the extra heat had never been so much fun, has it?