Energy-intensive hoods

2007-10-31

in Science, The environment

Surprising energy fact: a single ordinary laboratory fume hood uses as much electricity as three typical American households. A building full of labs can use as much energy as a small town.

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R.K. October 31, 2007 at 11:12 pm

Energy intensive or not, it is better than breathing stong acids and carcinogens.

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Sarah November 1, 2007 at 5:03 pm

The presence of fume hoods doesn’t necessarily imply that people aren’t breathing in nasty things, just that much of the nasty things are being redistributed from inside the room to outside the building where the fume hoods emit. In addition, universities are exempt from the rules which require organisations to publish information about what they are emitting into the air, so that those in the vicinity do not know what they’re being exposed to.

Milan November 1, 2007 at 6:47 pm

Sarah,

Are there any sort of mandatory filtration systems for air being expelled from university fumehoods?

Sarah November 2, 2007 at 1:24 pm

I don’t know the answer to that but I’ll try to remember to ask people who might know.

Anon @ Wadh November 2, 2007 at 9:44 pm

Couldn’t they shut down the airflow through the hoods when they are closed? Or at least reduce it a lot?

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