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19-Year-Old Invents Aircon Technology That Uses Less Energy
PHOTO BY courtesy of Angel Palma
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  • With electricity consumption up four percent in the last year and monthly bills soaring higher and higher, there have been growing concerns about energy conservation in the Philippines.

    With this in mind, 19-year-old Maria Yzabell Angel V. Palma, a De La Salle University mechanical engineering major, has developed an amazing invention that might just be the future of air conditioners.

    Her AirDisc prototype introduces an air conditioning technology that leaves little to no carbon footprint by consuming less energy and by not using any chemical refrigerants.

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    And just like the accidental discoveries that led to the creation of the pacemaker and the X-ray, the tech needed to create the AirDisc was realized entirely by chance. Angel was still in high school at Philippine Science (Bicol Region), working on an AirWave Oven for a school project when she noticed that it was emitting cool air, like that from an air conditioner. "So, I asked why not use this cold air instead?" she told Town&Country in an interview.


    She then consulted her father, a mechanical engineer. "I learned that conventional air conditioners use high pressure and low volume, with a chemical refrigerant."

    From there, she produced the AirDisc, which consists of a compressor based on low compression pressure and high volume of air molecules as a refrigerant. The system will allow air conditioners to function on 150 watts only.

    "It was in our 10th grade research subject that I started having ideas that could potentially help other people. Among those ideas, I chose to pursue the AirDisc [technology] that I have now," she recalls. "I thought that it would be a waste, both for myself and the people who could have benefitted from it, if I didn't push through with showcasing my project to the public."

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    As a child, Angel was forced to cut down on aircon usage to conserve electricity, just like many of us. "In my elementary years, I would come home after classes, tired and exhausted since I had walked from my school to our house.

    "I wanted to turn on the air conditioner in my grandmother's room, but my mama would switch it off because it would consume a lot of electricity," she says.

    "I don't want other kids to feel the same way I did so when I invented the AirDisc, I kept in mind that [electricity] consumption should be as low as possible."

    For her invention, Angel has already gained recognition from the International Federation of Inventors' Association (IFIA), and won multiple awards from different organizations.


    According to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Angel's invention has already attracted a few companies.

    Angel is seeking other companies to "join [her] in propagating the AirDisc, especially in this era of accelerating global warming, which is resulting in recurring heat waves that endanger the health and lives of many."

    "Aside from air conditioning and refrigeration, I want to learn how electric power plants work," says Angel, certain that her university's College of Engineering will equip her with the knowledge she needs to succeed in the field.


    This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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