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Researches at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on an ultrasonic dryer that vibrates moisture out instead of evaporating it with heat. It makes the dryer more efficient and safer to operate.

Teaming with GE Appliances, the researchers are developing a dryer that uses ultrasound vibrations instead of heat, using five to ten times less energy than traditional dryers. The vibration turns the moisture in wet clothes into a cold mist and eliminates the risk of clothes shrinking in a hot dryer.
Electric dryers were first marketed in 1938 and became a must in American households in early 50s. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about 85% of US homes have dryers and spend $9 billion a year to operate them.
Tumble dryers that heat clothes in a rotating barrel use two to four times more energy than a new washer and twice as much as European style heat pump dryers and account almost 6% of residential energy consumption, NRDC said.
The current ultrasonic dryer prototype is very small and can only dry scraps of fabric, but the researchers are working on a full size dryer that will dry a load in significantly less time. Also it is going to produce much less lint thanks to the new technology.

Oak Ridge researches expect to create a full working prototype by the summer of 2016.

Labels: Recalls | author: AP Wagner Blog
W.P. Appliances Inc. Recalls Wolfgang Puck Toaster Oven/Toasters

The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Wolfgang Puck Toaster Oven/Toasters

Units: About 7,040

Importer: Frontgate of West Chester, Ohio and The Home Shopping Network (HSN) of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Manufacturer: Kingpower Electrical Appliances of China

Hazard: The toaster oven can remain “on” after the toast pops up, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received seven reports of the toaster remaining on after the toast popped up. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recalled toasters have model #WPTOT010 with date codes 3608, 3908, 0407, 0607, or 0807 or model # BTOT0010 with date code 0207. The model numbers and date codes are located on an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label, which is affixed to the back of the unit. The black and stainless steel toasters have “Wolfgang Puck” or “Wolfgang Puck Bistro Collection” stamped on the lower front right corner. They feature a stainless steel handle on the oven door, three black knobs for controlling cooking, and a black push-down lever for toasting. Two slots for toasting bread and similar products are located on the top of the toaster.

Sold by: Frontgate catalogs and HSN nationwide from March 2007 through March 2009 for about $100.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled toaster/toaster ovens immediately and contact W.P. Appliances for instructions on returning the toaster/toaster ovens for a full refund. All known purchasers have been notified directly by mail.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact W.P. Appliances toll-free at (866) 510-9670 between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or e-mail the firm at