Low-cost, large-scale manufacturing of passive cooling films could lead to significant energy savings in applications including refrigeration, air conditioning, economizers, data centers, cooling towers, and transportation vehicles.
Reducing the energy required to cool buildings and vehicles will (1) lower the overall energy demand from the electrical grid, helping to stabilize demand, particularly late in the day, and (2) reduce energy imports from outside the U.S.
Passive radiative cooling can reduce electricity consumption associated with cooling in buildings and electric vehicles. Decreasing electricity consumption in electric vehicles extends their driving range, which will encourage adoption of electric vehicles and reduce CO2 emissions.
Cooling load reduction in buildings, vehicles, and other applications from the use of radiative coolers can result in significant energy cost savings. In addition, radiative coolers complement other renewable energy technologies, such as solar PV, and can reduce cooling load as solar PV output fades late in the day.