Paint so cool it could save you 50% on your energy bill
Xerox PARC created a magical paint that can self-cool whatever it’s painted on.
- A new paint can self-cool whatever it’s painted on.
- During tests, it was able to keep building interiors nearly 54 degrees cooler than buildings without the paint.
- This cool paint should be on the market soon.
What if saving energy was as easy as applying a coat of paint?
A new invention on display at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy conference in Washington, D.C., is hoping to do just that.
Xerox PARC created a magical paint that can self-cool whatever it’s painted on. Here’s how IEEE explains the magic:
“The paint is brimming with two different kids of metaparticles. One type of metaparticle reflects broadband sunlight, helping the paint to keep heat away from anything underneath it. The other type emits infrared radiation at between 8 and 13 nanometers, a wavelength that allows heat to pass straight through Earth’s atmosphere and into space, dropping the paint’s temperature below ambient temperature.”
When tested on commercial rooftops, the paint was able to keep building interiors nearly 54 degrees cooler compared to buildings with roofs painted with regular white paint.
What might be one of the most exciting parts of the technology is how affordable and easy to use it is.
The magic paint costs the same as a regular can of paint and can be brushed or sprayed onto most surfaces.
PARC predicts that just applying the paint could save the average home in California 50 percent of its energy costs for climate control.
The paint is only available as a prototype right now, but PARC hopes to have it on the market soon.
Sarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.