November 27, 2014

Tapping Atmospheric Energy

Refocus The International Renewable Energy Magazine

Tapping Atmospheric Energy

Refocus The International Renewable Energy Magazine
Official Magazine of ISES International Solar Energy Society
November/December 2003

Idalex Technologies, a research and development company, has discovered and demonstrated that they can capture significant amounts of energy from the atmosphere. Atmosphere energy is observable on a hot, summer day when clouds gather to form a storm. During this process a significant change in atmospheric energy occurs, which dramatically cools the air in the vicinity of the storm. Idalex has discovered a way to harness this source of renewable atmospheric energy. Idalex’s founder Dr. Valeriy Maisotsenko, discovered a thermodynamic cycle called the Maisotsenko Cycle which captures energy from the atmosphere by using the latent heat of evaporation though a unique apparatus. The apparatus can cool any liquid or gas to within a few degrees of the dew point temperature of the surrounding air. (The dew point temperature is the maximum temperature that a surface can be in oder to collect dew upon it.) In addition, no moisture is added to the liquid or gas being cooled. Previously, it was thought that this was impossible. Idalex used the Maisotsenko Cooling Cycle to create an air conditioner, which is called the Coolerado Cooler. The Coolerado Cooler has a seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 40, three times that of existing air conditioners efficiencies. Further, the Coolerado Cooler does not use any ozone depleting refrigerants.