The next generation of refrigerators and air conditioners will be even more environmentally friendly thanks to an innovative technology: magnetocaloric materials, which will one day replace conventional compressor technology.
Compared to traditional appliances, this could reduce energy consumption by up to 50%, experts believe. Furthermore, the new appliances are quieter, do not vibrate and require no coolants that are harmful to the climate. They work using the principle of magnetic cooling. Magnetocaloric materials heat up in a magnetic field and cool down again when the magnetic field is removed. BASF is currently working with leading universities and partners around the world to develop the innovative materials and functional components for magnetic cooling. The technology should be ready to launch on the market in a few years.