Energy-efficient cooling: Quebec researcher receives $ 540,000 grant

A researcher from Quebec City received a grant in July to try to find energy-efficient cooling solutions for Canada’s major cities with heat islands.
The e professor Jasmin Raymond, of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) has collected a total of $ 540,000 to develop for three years Aquifroid project to assess the potential of natural underground infrastructure centers urban.

Professor Raymond proposes to use underground water pumped through layers of geological materials, called aquifers, to more effectively air-condition buildings. The system would send the heat of a building into the water that would be reinjected into the ground.

The researcher claims that the amount of electrical energy consumed to cool with this technique is 40 to 80% lower than that required by conventional methods. He adds that the Aquifroid project offers a rapidly implantable system that requires few modifications to existing infrastructures.

Extreme heat events amplified by urban heat islands are becoming increasingly common as climate change is increasing. They are also the cause of many health disorders in vulnerable people.

Jasmin Raymond’s project is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and is partnered with the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), which recently worked on the characterization of water resources. underground areas of the country.

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