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Indian Designers Build Air Conditioner That Works Without Electricity

Air conditioning is a luxury few people in the world can afford, and when you live in a region where having a home with electricity is a luxury air conditioning becomes even more of an impossibility.

But the clever folks from New Delhi's Ant Studio felt it was a shame that people don't know what it's like to live with air conditioning in their homes, so they came up with an electricity free way to cool the home.

They worked together with Deki Electronics to create what they call the Beehive- hundreds of terracotta clay tubes bound together in a circular metal frame which cools the home without any electricity.

Here's how it works:

When soaked, the terracotta tubes absorb the water, and evaporate cool breezes as warm air pushes through them. It’s low maintenance, economical (due to the low cost and high availability of clay), and kind to the environment. “As an architect, I wanted to find a solution that is ecological and artistic, and at the same time evolves traditional craft methods,” Monish Siripurapu, founder of Ant Studio, told Arch Daily.

-Via Bored Panda

It's a swamp cooler. . It'll cool the air and raise the humidity. This is quite useful in hot, dry areas, less so in hot, humid New Delhi, because when the humidity is high, the human body's own sweat-based cooling gets worse. The comments on the BP page point out that it's being used to cool industrial exhaust, not cool a home - take a look at the big louvers behind it. And it uses electricity to pump the water.
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