Coca-Cola machines are as ubiquitous as news reports about missing Malaysian airliners, and all of those machines use a lot of energy.
In a refreshing (no pun intended) change of pace, Coke itself is trying to reduce that energy consumption with a new Bio Cooler. It uses evaporation and mirrors to keep drinks cool–even in the town of Aipir, Colombia, where the company demonstrated the cooler.
According to Inhabitat, the Bio Cooler was developed by Leo Burnett Colombia and the International Physics Centre. It works by watering the plants that sit on top, which causes evaporation. A mirror on top converts the gas into liquid, keeping things cool.
It’s unclear what Coke’s plans are for the Bio Cooler; it may turn out to just be a marketing exercise. The concept is intriguing though, and it would be good to see it enter widespread use.