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Beehive Terra Cotta Cooling System

Ancient Wisdom Called the Beehive Provides Air Conditioner That Can Cool Tropic Spaces Without Electricity!



The concept of the beehive air conditioner is a fascinating example of how ancient wisdom can offer innovative solutions to modern challenges. Inspired by the natural cooling mechanisms observed in beehives, this ingenious method harnesses the power of passive cooling to create a comfortable environment in tropical spaces without the need for electricity. The design of the beehive air conditioner is based on the principle of evaporative cooling, where water is evaporated to remove heat from the air. The design was used for hundreds of years in Africa. Design is similar to honeycomb structures used in chiller, cooling tower. In fact, if the diameter of tube is reduced by 1/2 inch it will be more effective and can reduce your ambient temperature to a greater extent. Many East and West African villages in poor areas use plastic bottles to cool their rooms, In February of 2016 A local organization in Kaduna in northern Nigeria introduced an affordable and eco-friendly housing concept -- houses built using discarded plastic bottles. It was noted that a positive side effect was the cooling properties of the honeycombing of a wall of plastic bottles. The team behind the project hoped to address the twin issues of homelessness and environmental effects of pollution.


By incorporating elements such as porous materials and proper ventilation, this system can effectively lower the temperature indoors, providing a refreshing escape from the sweltering heat of tropical climates. Not only does the beehive air conditioner offer a sustainable and eco-friendly cooling solution, but it also highlights the importance of looking to the past for inspiration in addressing present-day environmental challenges. By embracing ancient wisdom using locally sourced materials like terra cotta or bamboo and combining it with modern technology informed by ancient knowledge, we can create innovative solutions that benefit both people and the planet.




A Windcatcher, also known as wind tower, wind scoop, Malqaf, or Badgir, is a traditional cooling architectural element that has been used for thousands of years in African countries with severe hot climates. Some historians and archeologists' credit ancient Kemet as the inventors of windcatchers, Paintings dating to around 1350BC discovered near modern-day Luxor depict two triangular structures atop Pharaoh Nebamun’s royal residence, leading archaeologists to believe the first wind catcher was developed in Kemet (Egypt). Almost One Thousand years before Persia came into existence around 550 BC!

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