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Australia to Use 'Talking' Fridges to Reduce Global Warming


Australian researchers have figured out a cool new way to tackle the threat of global warming, by setting up a network of ‘talking’ fridges.

But wait, the idea isn’t as crazy as it might sound. The fridges feature cutting-edge technology enabling them to communicate with each other via a network to share and store energy from renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines.

According to inventor, Sam West, “The fridges are designed to talk to each other, negotiating when it’s a good time to consume electricity and when it’s better not to.”

The network was invented by a team of researchers from Australia’s CSIRO Intelligent Energy team. The idea is that the fridges can help overcome fluctuations in renewable energy supply, caused by weather variations like cloud cover or low winds, by switching on or off depending on how much surplus power is available.

“The fridges work together to decide when to cool down, and thus consume power, based on how much surplus power will be available.  In short, the fridges are working cooperatively to use the available power supply efficiently,” said West.

So it’s finally true, the robots have come to save mankind…

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