A group operating out of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have produced a ceramic material exhibiting a near-perfect solar reflectivity of 99.6%!
An example of a passive radiative cooling (PRC) material, the innovative ceramic mimics the whiteness of the Cyphochilus beetle.
Not only is the solar reflectivity of the ceramic near-perfect, the material also exhibits promising levels of weather resistance and mechanical robustness - all features which allude to the suitability of the ceramic for use in the construction of eco-friendly buildings.
Capable of maintaining the coolness of a building in a diverse range of weather conditions, the ceramic appears to be highly capable of combatting the high demand for other, far more polluting and energy-intensive cooling solutions.
As well as exhibiting favourable properties, the ceramic is reportedly produced via a relatively simple two-step process. As such, this innovative material need not be produced using delicate machinery or costly materials - this production process is therefore highly scalable.
The more scalable the production process, the more widely-available the ceramic, and the greater the overall positive impact of its use on the environment.
This development by CityU researchers is a prime example of the vitally important role technological innovation has to play in the protection of our environment.
Following COP28 later this year, we at Marks & Clerk remain hopeful that numerous other environmentally-friendly technological innovations will come to light.
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