In at least one aspect of this disclosure, a refrigeration system includes an evaporatively cooled condenser configured to transfer heat from the refrigeration system to an atmosphere, an air inlet in fluid communication with the condenser, and an evaporative cooling medium disposed between the atmosphere and the condenser such that at least a portion of an airflow from the atmosphere passes through the evaporative cooling medium to reduce the temperature of the airflow before passing the airflow over the condenser. The evaporative cooling element can improve system cooling efficiency by 20-50% depending on temperature conditions or even greater in dry climates.
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 This subject matter of this disclosure was made with government support under DE-EE0003920 awarded by the Department of Energy. The government has certain rights to at least a portion of the subject matter of this disclosure.