A company in Texas has developed a way to use a fan that uses a small amount of air to keep the ceiling fan at bay in a factory without causing an explosion.
The air pressure inside the factory is such that the fan is kept at bay by the air inside the building, said John Stahl, the chief executive officer of The Stahl Company, which sells air-powered industrial ceiling air-conditioners.
The company has patented the concept and is now looking for investors.
It also wants to use it in other factories in the US.
Stahl said he and other industrial designers are looking for new ideas to improve the efficiency of the ceiling fans in factories.
Stocks have fallen on concerns that robots and automation are displacing workers.
But Stahl said the company is not worried about automation, as most of the work the company does is done by humans.
“We are not worried because robots are not going away,” Stahl told Reuters news agency.
“If we were, we would have been able to come up with a better way to do it.”
In addition to the Stahl company, another company, Pivotal Energy, has patented a fan-driven system that could reduce the risk of industrial-caused fires in the next five to 10 years, according to Stahl.
He said the technology is already being used in factory systems for air conditioning and refrigeration.
The Stahl-Pivotal system uses a fan and a motor to turn a compressor to a low-pressure area of the factory floor and then to turn the fan to cool the building.
The team hopes the design can be commercially developed within 10 to 15 years, and is seeking funding from a venture capital firm.