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Reference Number EP/Y036603/1
Title CoolGlass: Mass producible and durable radiative cooling glass panels
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency (Residential and commercial) 50%;
Not Energy Related 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr I Papakonstantinou
No email address given
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
University College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 February 2024
End Date 31 July 2025
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £127,041
Industrial Sectors
Region London
Programme Frontier Grants Proof of Concept
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr I Papakonstantinou , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London (100.000%)
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Abstract The problem: Indoor space cooling is a fundamental means for achieving good health and wellbeing due to its direct correlation with human comfort, increased productivity levels and concomitant health benefits. Such is its impact on people's lives that meeting all 17 UN's Sustainable Development Goals rests, to a greater or lesser extent, on the timely proliferation of green cooling technologies, as was recently argued. Nonetheless, cooling has a dark side, being one of the most energy intensive and highly polluting processes associated with human activity. The statistics are staggering; the energy consumed by air-conditioners and electric fans accounts for ~20% of the total electricity used in buildings worldwide and contribute >1.2 GT of CO2 emissions/year.The solution: In order to resolve the cooling conundrum, I am putting forward a novel radiative cooling technology. The proposed solution leverages the infinite heat capacity of the cold Universe, converting it in essence into an inexhaustible reservoir for the waste heat of the built, transport, and other manmade environments on earth. The developed products in CoolGlass will take the form of radiative cooling panels made of thin, low-iron glass sheets. The main advantages that CoolGlass technology brings about are: i) Full compatibility with industrial, mass manufacturing methods. ii) Unrivalled durability. iii) Superior cooling capacity compared with other competing radiative cooling technologies. iv) Design flexibility, and, v) excellent sustainability prospects.Overall, CoolGlass combines zero input-energy and zero CO2-emissions (during usage period) with cost-efficacy, low-maintenanceand short payback times and constitutes a disrupting, green, space cooling solution that can significantly mitigate electricity consumption from cooling systems
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