Engineering

New research may point the way towards frost-free heat pumps

A chilly winter morning, the car windshield shrouded in a thick layer of frost. Who has not experienced the frustration of scraping ice or waiting for the defroster to work? It is a daily winter struggle, but what if this ...

Energy & Green Tech

Here's how geothermal energy heats and cools a home

Some homeowners looking to switch out their heating and cooling systems are turning to home geothermal—also known as ground source—heat pumps. It's a technology that relies on a simple physical fact: Dig several feet ...

Energy & Green Tech

Germany's new big hope against warming—heat pumps

As Germany looks to a future without fossil fuels, a big white boxy appliance is generating a lively debate—and often a heated one—for its potential to replace emissions-heavy oil and gas boilers.

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