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School student from Murmansk wins at International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva

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School student from Murmansk wins at International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva



The refrigeration unit using carbon dioxide has taken the first prize at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. It was presented by a tenth-grader from the village of Nikel, Murmansk Oblast, Gleb Kharchenko. It is the first time in the history of the exhibition when a school student became the winner. Foreign and Russian industrial enterprises have already shown interest in Kharchenko’s work, Meteonovosti reports.

Kharchenko got back home with a gold medal and a special award from the Royal University of Saudi Arabia. He presented to the jury a prototype of a household refrigeration unit operating on carbon dioxide. It is different from classic refrigerators, which usually use halocarbons. Kharchenko’s invention is cheaper and more environmentally friendly. In addition, carbon dioxide has a stronger freezing power than other known chemicals, which allows the user to install a compressor of lower power.

The school student personally presented his work in Geneva. A queue of those wishing to learn more about his invention lined up to meet him. Kharchenko exchanged contacts with a number of well-known companies. He is now in the process of obtaining a patent for his invention. According to the student, he intends to create a centralized cold supply system on the ground of his work. It will allow to supply cold to apartments the way the heating system does. 

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