July 15th, 2007

Sydney Harbour, constructed - short hair

Ice Cool Buildings

System Relies on Ice to Chill Buildings
Saturday July 14, 3:45 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — As the summer swelters on, skyscrapers and apartments around the city will be cranking up the air conditioning and pushing the city's power grid to the limit.
But some office towers and buildings have found a way to stay cool while keeping the AC to a minimum — by using an energy-saving system that relies on blocks of ice to pump chilly air through buildings.
The systems save companies money and reduce strain on the electrical grid in New York, where the city consumes more power on hot summer days than the entire nation of Chile." (AAP: Excite Money & Investing)
[Like about 100 years ago, except they're not storing ice from winter. Maybe they'll get onto that later?]