By Keri Algar
SYDNEY, NSW: Fisher and Paykel and Whirlpool have united to produce a revolutionary refrigeration system that will potentially save consumers up to 30 per cent on refrigeration power use, according to a statement released on the Australian Securities Exchange today.
The new compressor technology is also predicted to effect refrigeration design, storage capacity, temperature control and environmental impact.
The patented engineering has been developed over years and been licensed exclusively to Whirlpool Corporation owned compressor company Embraco. It will undergo field trials in the next few months followed by mass production.
The technology represents a significant reduction in energy consumption, according to Fisher and Paykel CEO Stuart Broadhurst.
“This new compressor delivers a leap forward in energy efficiency that has previously been unachievable in conventional compressors used in the majority of today’s refrigerators,” said Broadhurst,
“In addition to energy savings, the shape of the compressor will allow around 15 litres more space inside the fridge, the equivalent of five 3-litre containers milk, or an extra fruit and vegetable compartment.”
“In most households, the refrigerator is one of the larger appliance power users and reducing energy consumption is a consistent goal of our product development team.”