Temasek Foundation-backed Phononic seeks to reinvent outdoor fan

Phononic CEO Tony Atti stands beneath one of the company’s outdoor cooling devices that are being tested in Singapore. Photo courtesy of Phononic

A start-up backed by Singapore’s state investment firm is trying to make staying cool in the tropics a little greener.

Phononic, a Durham, North Carolina-based company, has installed eight of its bladeless fans in Singapore for a trial period before aiming to start commercial sales in the second half of 2020, according to Chief Executive Officer Tony Atti. It’s hoping to convince business from riverfront restaurants to amusement parks to switch from traditional outdoor fans, which it says consume more electricity.

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