IEA DSM Award of Excellence

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In a competitive market an international group of influential buyers can create a strong enough pull to encourage manufacturers to develop innovative energy efficient technologies. As a means to facilitate such a network of buyers, the participants of Task 3: Cooperative Procurement of Innovative Technologies for DSM (completed), developed a procurement process and then facilitated the formation of international buyer groups using this new process.

The result- new energy efficient products for clothes dryers, electric motors and photocopiers that met the buyer groups’ stringent performance and energy consumption criteria.

In recognition of the manufacturers’ development of these innovative products, the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme has awarded them the IEA DSM Award of Excellence.

Dryer Promotion Competition

Washing machines, dryers and dishwashers typically account for 20-30% of both the energy consumption and the water consumption in the average European home. And a tumble dryer typically uses twice as much energy as a washing machine, which equals about 500 kWh per household per year.

The ‘Öko-Lavatherm’ clothes dryer was awarded the first DSM Award of Excellence. This machine uses a heat pump to achieve a 50% reduction in energy use compared to earlier models. The dryer is available in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, and plans are underway to market the drier in other European countries. The machine also has the distinction of receiving the first ‘EU Energy Class A Label’.


Hi-Motor Competition

Electric motors are responsible for about 65% of industrial energy consumption. They are used in all sectors and in a wide range of appliances, namely for fans, compressors, pumps, machine tools, air conditioning equipment, elevators, home appliances and office equipment.

Two winning motors developed by ‘ABB Motors’
Both of which went beyond the competition requirement to cut losses by 20-40% compared to an average comparable motor. ABB Motor’s 5.5W motor reached an efficiency of 90.5% and the 75kW motor reached a 96% efficiency rate.

Copier of the Future Competition

Office equipment is estimated to consume 7% of all electricity in the commercial sector. And, photocopiers alone account for over 10% of this electricity demand. The astounding fact is that more than 90% of that energy is consumed when copiers are not being used.

Heavy energy consumption in copiers occurs when the machine uses heat to “apply” or “fix” the toner to the paper, conventionally this is accomplished by using a thick roller that must be heated thoroughly for the process to work effectively.  This presents two problems. First is reducing the amount of energy required to heat the roller. Second is the continuous use of energy to maintain the roller’s temperature throughout the day.  If this is not done, users will be frustrated by lengthy warm-up times when they attempt to make copies.

Copiers from Ricoh and Canon received the IEA DSM Award of Excellence. Both copiers consume 70-75% less energy than comparable copiers on the market and use new technologies to reduce warm-up times.

RicohRicoh’s Aficio 1035 / 1045 Series
is the first to have Ricoh’s unique Next Generation technology, a new controller platform that eliminates the need for separate controller boards for the network printing, scanning and faxing options. In addition these environmentally friendly systems both contain Ricoh’s proprietary QSU (Quick Start-up) technology, which allows them to operate in energy-saving mode, with a 10- or 15-second start-up time for the Aficio 1035 and 1045 machines, respectively.

Engine speed for the new Aficio 1035/1045 is 35 and 45 pages-per-minute (ppm), respectively, at 600 dot-per-inch (dpi) resolution.

canonCanon’s ‘iR3300′
series (sold as ‘imageRUNNER 3300, 2800 and 2200′ in USA) dramatically reduces energy consumption by employing an innovative approach to fixing toner to paper called ‘On-Demand’ (known as RAPID Fusing System in USA). By using a thin fixing film, rather than a thick heating roller, and an efficient ceramic heating element, rather than a halogen heater, Canon’s new iR3300 series achieves vastly improved energy efficiency and lower heat requirements. With this proprietary technology, heat is applied only when paper passes through the fixing mechanism and images are “fixed” via the fixing film.

Additionally, Canon’s technology allows the copier to transition from a cool energy saving “Sleep mode” to full operating temperatures in less than 10 seconds. This is a tremendous advantage over conventional systems, which typically take more than one minute.