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How do I use heat to create cooling?

  1. Jul 23, 2007 #1

    I'm looking for a easy way of using heat to create cooling. I am trying to make a device that will use the heat from one place, to cool something in another place down. Maybe this is more for the engineer forum, but what I need to know first of all is the names of the processes. For the cooling part is was thinking of using something like that, that is in a refrigerator. But first of all I don't know what it's, and I don't know how it works, since I don't know what to search after without a name for that process.
    The refrigerator part obvious gets its power from the heat, but I don't know what device to use, to transform heat to power.

    Cheers Anders
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  3. Jul 23, 2007 #2


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    It depends on the specifics of your application, but there is such a device that uses heat for cooling called an absorption chiller: http://www.energybooks.com/toc/toc1133.htm

    What exactly are you looking to do?
  4. Jul 23, 2007 #3
    Heat is the motion of energy from one area to another area; what you want to do is setup some sort of gradient such that you can get the source (kinetic energy) and turn it into some destination, just like http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/06/diy_1000_watt_wind_turbine.html [Broken] work. The more heat you have, the more gas-like or plasma-like your substance becomes, and plasmas are basically known to be moving so quickly that atoms are ripped into ions, etc.

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  5. Jul 24, 2007 #4


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    A simple system http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absorption_refrigerator
    If you have a lot of heat or it is a greater distance away it might be better to use the heat source to directly drive a turbine and then use that to power a compressor in a conventional refrigerator.
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