Recently, researchers at the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratories have developed an innovative new air-cooling technology called the Sandia Cooler.
“The Sandia Cooler combines a fan and a finned metal heat sink into a single element called a heat-sink-impeller in which the fins of the heat sink rotate, improving heat transfer by a factor of ten,” reports BreakingEnergy.com. The rounded rotating fins operate quietly and minimize dust build up.
According to BreakingEnergy.com the innovative cooler “improves the way heat is transferred in computers and microelectronics, significantly reducing the energy needed to cool CPUs in data centers”.
“Researchers say the Sandia Cooler has the potential to decrease overall electrical power consumption in the U.S. by more than 7 percent,” and plan to scale up this new heat exchanger technology to apply it to other applications such as heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, according to BreakingEnergy.com.
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