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The Saharan Silver Ant

XO Materials is pioneering materials technology that can cool buildings without using any energy.

At a glance

  • Air conditioning represents 10% of global energy use and is set to triple by 2050.
  • XO Materials is making coatings for buildings and vehicles that use a method of cooling adapted by Saharan Silver Ants to survive in the desert.
  • XO Materials’ coating technology combines high solar spectrum reflectivity and high infrared emissivity to cool surfaces to below ambient temperatures without expending energy.

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