Over the past 10 years, the world of lighting has witnessed a massive transformation. Old incandescent bulbs have given way to modern technology in the form of solid state, more commonly known as LED lighting.

Now, some in the world of refrigeration are hoping for a similar reinvention by replacing traditional vapor compression cooling systems with new thermoelectric cooling systems powered by a centuries old physics concept called the Peltier Effect.

While Peltier coolers have been around for decades, they’ve mostly been restricted to niche applications like telecom wiring closets. But now, a company called Phononic thinks they’ve cracked the code on making thermoelectric/solid state cooling mass market.

We talk to the CEO of Phononic Tony Atti about their efforts to take this technology out of labs and into the mass market.