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This project seeks to demonstrate a ventless residential dryer with an energy factor greater than 4.04.<br />
Photo credit: GE Global Research
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

Brian Fricke conducts research in ORNL's Building Technologies Research & Integration Center.
Low-GWP Refrigerants for Refrigeration Systems

Lead Performer: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Oak Ridge, TN
Partners:
-- Honeywell - Morristown, NJ
-- University of Maryland - College Park, MD

Magnetocaloric Refrigerator/Freezer

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

A new thermoelectric clothes dryer being developed by Oak Ridge National Lab and Sheetak, Inc. could yield a 38% reduction in energy use compared to current dryers, which could save 356 TBtu of energy per year. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Novel Energy-Efficient Thermoelectric Clothes Dryer

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

Novel Ultra-Low-Energy Consumption Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer

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