After the all amazing ultrasound washing machine, the US Department of Energy’s at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have collaborated with GE Appliances to make an ultrasound dryer. They claim that this technology has the potential to make dryers 70 percent more energy-efficient while doing the job in half the time!
Due to the fact that tumbling wet clothes while blowing air on them requires considerable power, 1 percent of total American consumption to be exact according to the Department of Energy; such an invention was long due.
Quieter than conventional dryers and producing lesser lint, the new technology is able to dry a wet piece of cloth in 14 seconds while using heat in an oven took several minutes. The researchers estimate that it would take less than 20 minutes in order to dry a whole load of laundry, compared to about 40 to 60 minutes it takes these days.
The new technology uses piezoelectric transducers that are wired to an amplifier. They rapidly expand and contract when voltage is applied, causing them to vibrate at a high frequency. This vibration of the transducers atomize moisture from fabric and turns it into a cool mist rather than a blast of hot humid air, all while consuming lesser power than the conventional methods.
Currently, the technology has been developed on a smaller scale, so before commercializing it, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE are planning on first scaling up the technology. They first want to implement the idea in a full-size press dryer, before applying it in a consumer-ready dryer drum and making it available for the public.
You can learn more about it in the video below!
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