New Refrigerant Gases

The book Drawdown compiled a list of 100 projects that would help combat global warming and assessed the relative impact of each. Number 1 on the list was the release of refrigerants into the atmosphere.

One kilogram of a typical refrigerant gas contributes as much to the greenhouse effect in our planet’s atmosphere as two tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent of running a car uninterruptedly for six months. On method of combating this is the development on non-greenhouse gas refrigerants. Materials called plastic crystals have been found to undergo huge temperature changes when subjected to small pressures near room temperature. Such materials could form the basis of save future refrigeration technologies. (Nature 567:506-510, 2019). The will support the development of this new technology.