Nanotechnology insulation could reduce fridge running costs
AN INSULATING material using the latest nanotechnology could reduce the energy consumption of refrigeration units by as much as 20%, it is claimed.
The micron-thickness film, which provides a thermal protection layer by using small cells containing a vacuum, has been developed by British company General Applications. Called Nanoskin, it would be applied to the inner wall of the fridge during the manufacturing process to provide a highly effective added layer of insulation.
Strong interest is being shown in General Applications' technology and the company is keen to establish commercial partnerships with European fridge manufacturers and other companies where its nano-scale insulating technology could be applied.
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