New Technology – New Opportunities

The patented osmotic dehumidifier, based upon nanopore technology, revolutionizes dehumidification. Incorporated in air conditioning systems, it will be the first fundamental change since Willis Carrier invented air conditioning in 1902.

The three most important characteristics of the technology are:

  1. It saves energy, thereby lowering costs and greenhouse emissions.
  2. It separates dehumidification from cooling, thereby increasing customer comfort and satisfaction.
  3. It lowers production costs.

These unique selling advantages, not available in any current air conditioners, will drive profitability and capture market share.

Energy Savings

  • Home air conditioning uses almost 5% of all electricity in the United States. This amount of energy costs over $15 billion per year in the U.S. alone.
  • Our process is energy efficient – there is little energy expenditure.
  • There is no need to cool air below the dew point and then reheat it to comfortable temperatures.
  • Air is pre-dried, which saves the energy used by current standard air conditioning.
  • Air conditioning would be used much less in cool, high humidity weather – further increasing savings.
  • Air conditioners will run less often and, while running, will save 20-35% of typical energy expenditure.
  • Energy savings of this magnitude amount to over $3 billion to $5.25 billion per year.

Increased Customer Comfort and Satisfaction

  • Lower operating costs will satisfy customer needs.
  • Humidity control is independent of cooling so air is neither too warm nor too cold.
  • “Comfort-stat” will have humidistat and thermostat controls for individual comfort.
  • Air won’t be “muggy” in very humid spaces, including exercise rooms, schools and convention halls.
  • Noise levels are significantly reduced.
  • Environmental friendliness will please a large base of customers.

Lower Production Costs

  • Condensers and compressors are smaller so air conditioners are cheaper to produce.
  • Standard air conditioning cycle is used to cool dehumidified air.
  • Dehumidifier may be incorporated in air conditioning systems either as:
    • embedded technology during the manufacturing process
    • a simple retrofit
  • Essential components are commercially available.
  • Polymer membranes are flexible, compact, and relatively inexpensive.
  • The membranes are long-lasting and do not degrade.
  • Using membranes and salt solution to dehumidify results in large cost savings.
  • Moving parts are minimized.

Increased Market Share

  • Large international market will increase with affluence (e.g., China, India)
  • Uniqueness of separating dehumidification from cooling will capture market share.
  • Meeting strict government energy efficiency standards increases market share even further.