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Air Conditioning and Load Management

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Todd Carney is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Communications. He writes on many different aspects of energy, in particular how it...

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The analytical site, Fact.MR recently released a report that detailed how the air conditioning industry is developing new technology to assist in load management as governments and companies throughout the US seek to prevent overloading grids this summer in the face of record heat, and people wanting to use their air conditioning more.

From 2017 to 2021, purchases of air conditioning increased by 3.9 percent. In the next decade, the purchases of air conditioning is likely to increase by 5.6 percent, which will make the air conditioning industry worth over $35.2 billion. Since air conditioners can harm the environment and exhaust grids, air conditioning companies are seeking to develop technology to alleviate the harm from air conditioning.

The main elements that air conditioning companies are focusing on is making air conditioners more efficient and preventing them emitting too much pollution. Many air conditioning manufacturers are seeking to use automation to make their systems more efficient. Additionally, major air conditioning companies have acquired technology that decrease emissions, and make certain units like planes, use less energy when they use an air conditioner.

The report provided interesting insights in terms of what the overall air conditioning market looks like in the US. It found there are three broad ways to divide up the air conditioning industry. Home use of air conditioning, commercial use, and industrial use. It also found that the South took up a majority of the market share, likely due to hot weather there. The study also found that there are nine major companies that dominate the air conditioning industry. This range of different companies is likely enough to encourage real competition, which hopefully can lead to more innovation in load management.

As heat increases this this summer, air conditioning will remain important. Air conditioning is a great innovation in the sense that it has allowed more people to survive unforgiving heat. But as more people rely on it, comes the challenge of how it impacts our society, particularly in terms of energy efficiency. New innovations in air conditioning will need to occur, so hopefully it will happen soon.

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Christopher Neely on Jun 30, 2022

Happy to hear this is going on in the background -- as we highlight concerns regarding peak demand and grid overload during heatwaves, it's always against the backdrop that heatwaves are when people crank up the air conditioning units. It is imperative for everyone in the ecosystem, from utilities to consumers, to make sure the most efficient air conditioning units and systems are widely accessible. 

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