Air Conditioning Units that Prevent Malaria Two weeks ago we spoke about air conditioning in Nigerian market. Well now there has been another unit produce with Nigeria in mind. Again the company who has designed it is LG. The air conditioning unit was specifically designed to fight against malaria. Ok so I can already hear you saying how is this possible? Well it turns out, it is. It is called Anti Mosquito and it works by using ultrasonic wave technology. This acts as a mosquito repellent; this will then in turn prevent any causes of malaria in the building it is operating in. The unit has been tested and LG has said that in 24 hours it will repel 64 per cent of Anopheles mosquito’s that are carrying the deadly disease. Overall they say it will have a success rate of 82 per cent. This is not just an air conditioning that can cool down spaces and repel mosquitos. Oh no! It has been designed to function even with the ever changing power supplies in countries where it isn’t as stable as it is here. LG have done this by including the units with a super automatic voltage switcher which means if there is a blackout or a surge no damage will occur to any of the components. Tinted Windows Could Save on Energy Bills Pretty much all of us have seen the glasses that get darker to sunnier it gets well now this technology could be moving to windows which will hopefully be able to do the exact same thing. The technology is called glass architecture and scientists are hoping this will help many organisations save on their use of energy by up to a fifth. This is a great thing, especially as everyone is trying to be more environmentally friendly and also save some money in the current economic climate. According to researchers at De Montfort University this window technology can be operated by a button. It is currently being tested in two office buildings. The technology has been developed by SAGE Electrochromics and it works because the glass is covered with a ceramic coating. As a result of this is can change the level of tint required when it comes into contact with a small electric voltage. Those looking into this technology are thought to be the first to investigate whether the system changes how employees use the air conditioning when their office becomes too hot. Dr Birgit Painter is co-ordinating the project has said, “Window blinds that are typically used to control daylight are often left down so that occupants lose the benefits of daylight and views – this is known as “blinds down, lights on” syndrome. Electrochromic glazing could address this issue, as well as reducing reliance on electric lighting and air conditioning. “The windows can be controlled manually or automatically, with the control settings tailored to the application. And unlike blinds, the glazing still gives the occupants a view outside.” Japan’s energy saving campaign Because of the nuclear power shortages caused by the tsunami and earthquake in March earlier this year, Japan’s Government has asked government offices and companies to cut electricity use by 15%. They want companies to set room temperatures at a warm 28 degrees Celsius and limit their air conditioning usage. In another attempt to use less energy, Japan’s government has launched a “Super Cool Biz” campaign to encourage workers to come to work in casual, more lightweight clothing instead of the traditional tie and suit. Workers have started coming into work in trainers, polo shirts and even in some cases flip-flops. Cool Biz was actually launched in 2005 by Yuriko Koike, the then environment minister, but people didn’t warm to the campaign as they found it sloppy and undignified. Koike said “People have started to grow accustomed to it, with the Cool Biz campaign now being in its sixth year”. Many local government staff in Tokyo have been starting work an hour early, coming into the office at 7.30am and leaving at 4.15pm, in an attempt to save power and exploit the early daylight hours, by using less air conditioning and lights in the office. Different industries have also joined forces to save power. Japan’s carmakers have agreed to have Thursdays and Fridays off as their break and work on Saturdays and Sundays instead in order to avoid power shortages by using energy at off-peak times. Japan’s government has also advised households to unplug electrical appliances when not in use, raise temperatures on their refrigerators and use electric fans instead of air conditioners.