Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Clean Power

Australia to Use 'Talking' Fridges to Reduce Global Warming

[social_buttons]

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…

Image Credit – johntrainor via flickr on a Creative Commons license

 
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New Podcast: Cruise Talks Autonomous Driving Tech, Regulations, & Auto Design

New Podcast: Battery Mineral Mining Policies & Regional Trends

Written By

is a writer and freelance journalist specialising in sustainability and green issues. He lives in Cardiff, Wales.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Cars

Italy's EV sales get a substantial boost in March as the first quarter of 2021 ends with electrifying new records. The year started with...

Clean Power

A new venture fund called Energy Transition Ventures melds renewable energy expertise with fossil energy dollars, in Texas -- yes, that Texas.

Clean Transport

If all goes according to plan, a new hybrid hydrogen fuel cell locomotive will sport Toyota fuel cells and green H2, too.

Buildings

The American Jobs Act showers the heat pump with climate action love, as part of push for building electrification.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.