Global warming is one of the challenges for all of us. One of the easiest ways you can reduce your environmental impact in the lab is to consider the energy consumption of devices. Ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezers, even environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient ultra-low units, consume a large amount of energy as they maintain extremely low temperatures 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for years.
Since -80°C is needed for storage of many high-value samples, how can the usage of ULT freezers be optimized? Discover the best ways!
For the 2019 Freezer Challenge, over 400 labs representing 41 organizations around the world tried their very best to win the challenge. Together, the 2019 Freezer Challenge participants saved ~2.4 million kWh/year. The energy savings realized from this Challenge are equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by ~1,700 metric tons.
All Freezer Challenge winners were honored at the I2SL conference in Denver, CO/ USA and their accomplishments were published in Nature!