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Siemens innovative zeolitic drying system

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An innovative zeolitic drying system from Siemens has won the Award for Climate Protection and the Environment in the category for product and service innovations in the field of climate protection. Equipped with this system, the Siemens speedMatic dishwasher is around 20% more efficient than appliances in the highest energy-efficiency category. Its minimal water consumption, 10 instead of 14 liters per cycle, also sets a new record. Engineers at BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte are the first to take this completely new technology to the mass-production stage as well. Although it is only featured in top-of-the-range models at present, there are already plans to introduce it successively in mid-range models.

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Inside the dishwasher are special minerals that generate supplementary heat. This shortens the program at 50°C to just under two hours, which is around 30 minutes less than is needed by conventional dishwashers. As a result, the speedMatic is also the fastest dishwasher in the highest efficiency category. This supplementary heat is generated by zeolites - aluminosilicate minerals with a very large surface area and microporous structure. The dishwasher exploits the ability of such minerals to absorb up to 40% of their dry weight in water and, in the process, give off heat. By the same token, they release this water when heated.

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Posted February 12, 2010 9:42 AM

Ekokook - green kitchen of the Future by Faltazi Lab

Ekokook is designed for people who want to reduce their ecological footprint to the bare minimum by producing green energy, reducing energy consumption and properly managing their waste. This green kitchen turns everyday waste into a new reusable source of energy, where each drop of water that fell on the roof or came from a tap should be used to the maximum instead of going straight down the drain, that every watt of wind and solar power produced by the house should be valorized on the spot.

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Here is how Faltazi describes this endeavour: Ekokook is about implementing a comprehensive prospective research project for eco-friendly habitat in the real world, the Faltazi Lab. We are trying to answer the question of how to introduce ecological projects into the home. How to upgrade existing housing without Advocating complete reconstruction. The obvious responses are those that use non-structural elements of living space (doors, windows, equipments ...), which can be mass-produced industrially and are simple to install. We focus on the material interfaces between habitat and external resources. Each wall, each balcony, each window, each door, each shutter can serve as a support for an eco-system. Each facility in interaction with external networks (sink drain, garbage receptacle ...) can be upgraded to produce an immediate eco-benefit. All the air, water, wind and sun that reach habitat must be seen as scarce resources to be captured and used. Each drop of water must be collected and used to the Utmost before being evacuated to external networks. Slowly but surely, the accumulated effects of these eco-benefits will change our environmental footprint for the better.


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Ekokook grew out of an experimental approach based on the analysis of the nerve center of every home, the kitchen. The place where we store food and prepare food, and produce and evacuate wastes is a vital core area for exchanges and convergences. It is also a place that generates all sorts of pollution. Which makes it the ideal focus for a study in eco-design.


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Posted February 5, 2010 8:06 AM

Siemens vacuum cleaner offers green power

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The new Siemens Z6.0 comes in two powerful and extremely efficient models, the Z6.0 Power and the Z6.0 Eco. Boasting the symbolic green power cord, these vacuums are setting the bar high in terms of environmental features and operating economy. Using lower wattage but delivering top performance, each energy saving vacuum offers a new dimension in floor care. Siemens Z6.0 cleaners combine the enhanced efficiency, offered by the Siemens compressor technology with a new aerodynamic system, designed to improve airflow within the cleaner. This results in up to 50% savings on electricity plus a significantly increased air throughput. And the new, green tagged air guidance system releases airflow blockages and prevents the air swirls that impair efficiency.

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To match their advanced aerodynamic system, both models feature innovative and powerful motor fans that resemble an aircraft turbine. Due to their aerodynamically-shaped impellers that reach a top speed of 800 kph, these Siemens vacuum cleaners convey exceptionally high air volumes while minimizing energy consumption.

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Posted December 14, 2009 11:05 AM

Water heater by Gorenje Tiki

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This new water heater from Gorenje Tiki is actually a heat pump which saves money and contributes to a cleaner environment. Mounted on the water storage tank, the heat pump represents the most energy efficient and cost effective way of water heating, drawing the heat from the ambient air and using extra energy source to heat the water up to 55°C. The Gorenje pump is equipped with a system for thermal disinfection in order to prevent bacterial growth, by extra heating the system in even intervals up to 65°C. At the same time, the pump can be used for cooling smaller rooms. Compared to oil heating or gas heating, the investment in heat pump pays off in few short years.

The upright floor water heat pump comes in 200, 300, 400 and 500 liter sizes. Gorenje Tiki also makes a compact version with heat pump and water tank built in one unit. Additional one or two tubular heat exchangers are available for combination with other energy sources, like central heating system, solar energy, etc.

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Posted November 24, 2009 4:31 PM

Efficient dishwasher by Miele

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The new and very efficient dishwasher, Miele G 1225 SC delivers high quality wash with low consumption by offering short and extremely efficient programs, consuming as little as 0.6 kWh and 10 liters with the Eco Consumption program, when connected directly to hot water. Its Turbo function saves up to 50 minutes depending on the program, without compromising washing and drying quality. Miele saves water and energy while giving full 14 place settings and ability to wash plates up to 31cm in diameter, thanks to the dishwasher very efficient space utilization with height adjustable upper basket, flexible lower basket, cutlery drawer and various storage baskets. Miele patented Perfect GlassCare checks water hardness and adjust washing parameters accordingly leaving no traces, spots or deposits, just clean glassware. Special sensors determine how dirty the dishes are, and adjust the jet pressure. Both lower and upper basket wash arms are independently controlled. SensorDry feature guarantees perfect drying results each and every time.

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Posted October 20, 2009 2:18 PM

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