After two years, a Bicolana born Maria Yzabell Angel V. Palma developed an air conditioner which she coined as the AirDisc which does not use ozone-depleting coolants that would contribute to global warming, has a lower power consumption rate at 150 watts than a standard air conditioner, which is at least 900 watts on average.
Palma’s invention was completed this year as a 12th grader, and she started working on a prototype at the start of her 11th grade.
She got the idea to create the AirDisc by chance when she was working on an eco-friendly oven for a research subject during her 10th grade at the PSHS (Philippine Science High School) Bicol campus.
The AirDisc uses low compression and high-volume air molecules to generate cool air in place of HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons) which are one of the main suspects in contributing to global warming.
Palma said that widely used refrigerants such as CFCs (Chlorofluorocarbons) are considered super greenhouse gases since a kilogram of said refrigerants would be equal to as much as 20,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide.
Meanwhile, Palma, with the help of her father, are filing their patent applications in the Philippines and the US Patent and Trademarks Office to protect her invention.
The nineteen-year-old Bicolana has been recognized worldwide for her invention. She received several awards for her invention at home and out of the country, most notably the recognition from the International Federation of Inventors’ Association, the gold medal reward from the International Intellectual Property Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition Thailand 2018, World Inventors Contest 2017 in South Korean and the International Invention Innovation Competition 2017 in Canada.
More such awards were given from Malaysia, Poland, China, Thailand, Indonesia, and even Romania and was also getting noticed in Switzerland invention.
Even in her own country, she received the DOST Youth Excellence in Science Award 2018 and is a 2018 Jesse M. Robredo Youth Awardee as well.