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Project "Passieve koeling van datacenters" wil participate on TEDx Amsterdam 2013, selected for top 30.
Project "
Passieve koeling van datacenters" finalist in the Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award AMSIA 2013.
Project "
Passieve wisselverwarming" got the Gasterra public award.
New article over project in Scoop, paper for students physics.
New article  about project in "Nederlands tijdschrift voor Natuurkunde." (Dutch).
"help de airco" third in the Amsterdam Science and Innovation Award 2012
Pilot "Koelen naar het heelal" (Dutch for "cooling to the sky") at the  Amstelcampus
Project "Energie uit onverwachte hoek" first in the Sustainable University Award 2011.
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By this site we like to announce a unique project of the University of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Universty of applied science. (HvA)

The project is named " Energy from an unexpected angle (Energie uit onverwachte hoek)".
We are making cold or generate energy by thermal radiation.

In short:

1    We have a big amount low grade thermal energy and we are making cold by radiation.

2    We transport the cold and heat to a central place.

3    Potentially, a motor can convert the thermal energy in movemment or electrical energy.
(so optional)

As far as known, this manner of using this energy in this way
is not investigated yet.
By this, the lat is high for all parties to make it a succes.
We can use the cold directly e.g. to improve the efficiency of an airco directly.
As ultime challenge was the idea to
navigate a boat in the canals of Amsterdam by the thermal radiated energy.
But than in the middle of the night, no sun or fuel and no batteries.
We all know that the amount of energy is rather low. It is estimated to be about 40W after all conversions.
But even then, it is not managed ever before.

How sustainable can it be or may it be?


how is that possible?
The challenge
Examples of thermal radiation   (tip)


the history
the idea
the organisation
the theory

just for participants:
spin-off and wild ideas
The project itself:

The project starts with making cold by radiation
This cold is at least as valuable as heat, possible even more valuable
Why? It cost a lot of energy to remove excessive heat.

If it can for free, i.e. without applying extra energy, it is an enormous profit.

This makes the project very sustainable.

A lot of ideas are collected already as application for the free gained cold.
Think what you can do with the cold.

The project is started as an idea for a new sudentproject with a high educational value.
For the students this is a nice and challenging project.
In the meantime the possibilities as well as the applications are growing enormously.


 "Energy from an unexpected angle" is sponsored by FLR, supplier of infrared camera's.          

The first infrared photo's with the new sponsored infrared camera.     
 may 23th 2012, early in the morning just above the horizon the apparent temperature is 16,1
°C decreasing to -10 °C
The same place in the evening + 24 °C at the horizon to -21,5 °C at an angle of 40 degrees.
More to the zenith, the temperature is decreasing even more to -31,4 °C (second photo)
The first general reaction:
The second reaction:
A funny idea, very educative, creative and innovative but not for serious applications:
At second thought, interesting maybe we can use it.

The Frisian Solar Challenge was the inspiration source of the idea.

Where is the energy?