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Low Energy Washer Dryer through the Development of an Innovative Load Balancing & High Efficient Heat Recovery System

Objective

Recent trends in European housing and demographics have had a significant effect on the European domestic appliances sector, in particular for laundry. A growth in single occupancy, an increase in multi-dwelling buildings (flats) and a fall in household floor space have all driven an increase in the purchase of combined washer-dryers, growing at 9% p.a.

However, washer-dryers are inefficient, using as much as 50% more energy to wash and dry a load than separate systems. This is a concern both for energy consumption and cost for the user - estimated 15 million washer-dryers consume 18 TWh of electricity worth €300m and indirectly emit 10,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. As well as energy efficiency, washer-dryers also have practical limitations. Due to the small drum size of the machine compared to a dedicated tumble dryer, it is not possible to dry a full wash load in one go, adding to cost and significantly reducing convenience.

LoWash will address these issues by creating a highly energy-efficient machine capable drying a complete wash load without user intervention. It will achieve this by combing an innovative hydraulic load balancing drum with a unique passive/active heat pump drying chain to create a washer-dryer capable of washing and drying a complete 7kg load without removing any of it from the machine. It will do this using <50% of the energy required by current washer dryers.

Realising this vision would provide a €34m market opportunity to our consortium for washer-dryers. The technology can also be applied to standalone washing machines and tumble driers, which would more than double the market potential. In the process, LoWash will save 16 GWh of electricity over 5 years.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

THE CDA GROUP LIMITED
Address
Harby Road Warehouse Premises Langar
NG13 9HY Langar
United Kingdom
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 490 532,25
Administrative Contact
Mark Peter Gibbs (Mr.)

Participants (6)

TEV Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 280 224
Address
Armytage Road Unit 4
HD6 1QF Brighouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anthony Charles Hammersley (Mr.)
LINCIS SOLUCOES INTEGRADAS PARA SISTEMAS DE INFORMACAO LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 186 815
Address
Av Senhor Da Paciencia 36 B
4705-448 Braga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adelino Figueiredo Da Silva (Mr.)
IDEA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 99 495,75
Address
Contrada Molara Sn Zona Industriale 3 Fase
90018 Termini Imerese Pa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fabio Maria Montagnino (Mr.)
VESTEL BEYAZ ESYA SANAYI VE TICARET AS
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 49 702
Address
Ambarli Petrol Ofisi Dolum Tesisleri
- Avcilar Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ozgur Yilmaz (Mr.)
VIBRATEC
France
EU contribution
€ 18 468
Address
28 Chemin Du Petit Bois
69131 Ecully
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Clerc (Mr.)
THE UK HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 17 763
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie Cook (Mrs.)