New Zealand’s innovative air conditioner could be as good as a Tesla for cold winters
New Zealand has become the first country to launch a new smart air conditioning system that can monitor temperature fluctuations across a city and alert people to the need to reduce the temperature.
The system, which has been called a “living room for the city”, is the brainchild of Dr David Coughlan and his company, The Power Station.
The Power Sink, which costs $US100,000 and has been running in New Zealand since December, has been installed at the offices of the country’s largest business and political groups, including the Prime Minister.
Dr Coughnan, who works as a consultant for the company, said that he had been working on the idea for about two years and had been keen to see if it would work in New York City.
“We had a very high level of public interest in this and were approached by the city of New York for funding and support,” Dr Coughan said.
“I’ve been involved in this project for about five years and I’m very happy with it.”
I wanted to be able to make a difference to people’s lives and this is a real opportunity to do something meaningful.
“Dr David Croughlan, chief executive of The Power Center.
The Power Sinker was introduced in a New York Times story in November, when Dr Croughnan described it as “a living room for New York”.
“It’s the same kind of thing we use to get the outside air in, so if the air conditioners are failing, then you can switch on the fan to get outside air, and the fan will be able go off to cool your house. “
You can turn on the heat and you can turn off the air conditioning,” Dr Paul D’Alessandro, an associate professor of environmental science at the University of Queensland, said.
“It’s the same kind of thing we use to get the outside air in, so if the air conditioners are failing, then you can switch on the fan to get outside air, and the fan will be able go off to cool your house.
If the air in your house is very cold, you can get outside to cool it down.”
The system also includes sensors that can measure humidity levels and temperature in the air.
Dr Crouan said it would also monitor temperature and temperature trends in the city, allowing people to monitor when the city’s temperature drops below 0C.
In a statement, the New York Mayor’s office said: “Mayor de Blasio and the New Yorkers for Climate Action applaud Dr David’s vision for the future of climate change.
This innovative and cost-effective air conditioning system is designed to ensure New Yorkers are protected from the devastating impacts of global warming.”
A new, more efficient, and less energy-intensive system is being rolled out across New Zealand, but some are still sceptical of the system.
New Zealand’s Chief Scientist Dr Paul Egan said the technology needed to be improved on, but he was confident the city could have a “great” system.