The prototype system that reduced the temperature of a water-based fluid flowing through it by 80° F (45° C)
Michael Benedict (left) and Venkat Venkatakrishnan using GE’s magnetic refrigeration system to chill a bottle of Coors Light
A bottle of beer is cooled using the new magnetic refrigeration system developed by GE
The fridge is the most common of common household appliances. Despite improvements in efficiency over the years, they remain one of the biggest users of electricity in the home, relying on chemical refrigerant and a compressor to transfer heat from the inside to the outside of the fridge. GE researchers have now developed a new type of refrigeration technology using magnets that is more environmentally friendly and is predicted to be 20 to 30 percent more efficient that current technology ... and it could be in household fridges by the end of the decade.
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