Innovative households can help reduce national energy consumption, not only by improving their energy efficiency, but also by reducing and reusing the waste produced in terms of heat and water.
Major appliances in the domestic environment such as ovens, refrigerators, washing machines and dishwashers, use electricity and gas as energy vectors, utilize water as working fluid for many washing processes and produce heat and “grey water” as a by-product. More than 50% of the total electrical energy consumed at home for an average family is due to the use of home appliances.
Eco-design of integrated home appliance systems exploiting newly emerging scientific and industrial knowledge could help saving huge amounts of heat and (grey) water in the Household sector, using heat recovery technologies, innovative refrigeration technologies, advanced controls for cooking and refrigeration of food, waste recovery systems, resource/energy sharing among appliances and their domotic integration.
However the scientific and technological knowledge is scattered amongst a wide variety of academic and industrial organizations, which hampers the effective development of future energy optimal home appliance systems. In this background and through the proposed collaborative research, the project partners will set-up an Industry-Academia Competence and Excellence Center for the Next Generation Integrated and High-Efficiency Home Appliances.