Arthur Rosenfeld the scientist at forefront of energy-efficiency movement, dies at 90
Doctor Arthur Rosenfeld, the Global Energy Prize laureate and the scientist, who saved trillions of dollars developing new energy efficiency standards, has died at the age of 90 at his home in California.
The cause was complications from pneumonia, said his daughter, Anne Hansen.
The scientist became the Global Energy Prize laureate in 2011 in recognition of his pioneering energy efficiency work.
Journalists wrote about Arthur Rosenfeld "he was fueled by a passion to wring the most out of every kilowatt”.
The scientist has been engaged in research in the field of energy efficiency since 1973. The solutions he proposed were viewed as a way for the United States to avoid the future oil-embargo threats from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
"It was very easy to invent a new technology, because the energy prices have increased, and the United States were interested in saving money", said in an interview Dr. Rosenfeld.
Thanks to him and his disciples, American cars during the last thirty years halved fuel consumption, while the energy consumption of various appliances and buildings has decreased four times.
Arthur Rosenfeld also became famous for his simple, but phenomenal ideas. For example, he invented to cover the roofs with white color, as their reflectivity increases 10% and reduces the temperature of the air in the cities.
Energy efficiency standards developed by scientists to bring the country, according to the former US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, more than $ 100 billion in savings per year.
The efficiency standards that resulted from his research had a similarly striking effect. In what efficiency advocates and some scientists hail as “the Rosenfeld effect”, per capita energy usage in the US has hardly grown since the mid-1970s — despite a seemingly endless proliferation of household gadgets, appliances and electricity-hogging televisions.
Arthur Rosenfeld had two daughters and six grandchildren. The Global Energy Association expresses its deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of the great physicist.