Air conditioning is part of our comfort in our buildings. It is however also necessary in many various uses and the technology is basically the same as the refrigeration technologies. These technologies face two important challenges, reduction of energy consumption and reduction of refrigerant emissions. Bali Green Investment aims to reduce these environmental impacts.
Refrigeration, including air conditioning, represents more than 17% of global electricity consumption. And this figure increases. Refrigeration issues are clearly linked with electricity issues, which are:
· Global warming because of CO2 emissions (electricity production depending on fossil fuels): we need to take into account the TEWI (Total Equivalent Warming Impact), and the LCCP (Life Cycle Climate Performance) of the refrigerating equipment.
· The price of electricity will increase in a long term perspective (new sources of energy have higher costs).
· There is a lack of power infrastructures, particularly in developing countries.
Air conditioners require lots of energy to function properly. It consumes so much electricity and therefore releases pollution. When fossil fuel is burned, carbon dioxide is also released into the air, more commonly known as a greenhouse gas, which is a major contribution to ozone depletion. The average and typical air conditioner will consume about 3000 to 5000 watts of electricity every hour, depending on the season – the warmer, the more power used. This is clearly very harmful to the environment, as well as extremely expensive.
It is important to note that air conditioners can sometimes be vital for mere survival. There are places, due to global warming, that are extremely warm and need the presence of coolant. Though this turn into a cycle since ACs contribute to global warming, we undoubtedly still need them in order to survive the rising temperatures, whether it’s at home or in our working spaces. However, all is not lost as we still have the option of going with more eco-friendly air conditioners can be both beneficial for your health as well as the world’s health, and as technology advances, so do the efforts to make them less harmful to our environment.
"New sources of energy can be used, such as solar energy."
Many solutions have already been developed in order to face these challenges: eco-design, eco-labelling in order to reduce the energy consumption; reducing leakage, reducing the refrigerant charge, choosing a lower GWP refrigerant, particularly natural refrigerants in order to reduce refrigerant emissions; developing advanced technologies such as solar refrigeration, evaporative cooling, solar powered air conditionner. Bali Green Investment proposes these solutions.
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Source : the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations