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Energy Efficient Clothes Dryer with IR Heating and Electrostatic Precipitator

Lead Performer: GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY

Schematics of a heat pump clothes dryer<br />
Credit: Oak Ridge National Lab
Heat Pump Clothes Dryer

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Partner: GE Appliances - Louisville, KY

Image of the compressor rack and system diagram for the CO2 refrigeration system.<br />
Credit: Oak Ridge National Lab
High-Efficiency, Low-Emission Refrigeration System

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Partners:
-- Hill Phoenix - Conyers, GA
-- Danfoss - Baltimore, MD
-- Luvata - Kimberly, WI
-- SWEP - Duluth, GA

Rotating heat exchangers installed in appliances and heat pumps have the potentially to reduce energy costs and refrigerant charge in a compact space.
High-Performance Refrigerator Using Novel Rotating Heat Exchanger

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Oak Ridge, TN
Partners:
-- University of Maryland – College Park, MD
-- Sandia National Laboratory – Livermore, CA

Researchers demonstrate General Electric's magnetocaloric system. <br />
Photo courtesy of General Electric
Magnetocaloric Refrigeration

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Partner: General Electric - Fairfield, CT

Embraco’s high efficiency, oil-free linear compressor.<br />
Credit: Whirlpool
Next Generation Household Refrigerator

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Partner: Whirlpool - Benton Harbor, MI

Schematic of drum-integrated thermoelectric dryer.
Novel Energy-Efficient Thermoelectric Clothes Dryer

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Oak Ridge, TN
Partners: Sheetak, Inc. – Austin, TX

Preliminary measured drying time of fabric sample using ultrasonic cold drying compared to heat drying at 20, 50, 60 and 80°C.  A non-optimized, off-the-shelf low-energy-consumption ultrasonic transducer can dry fabric 2 orders of magnitudes faster than thermal drying.
Novel Ultra-Low-Energy Consumption Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Oak Ridge, TN
Partners: General Electric Appliances – Louisville, KY