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New Guinness World Record for energy efficiency



New Guinness World Record for energy efficiency

Ever wondered what a Guinness World Record for energy efficiency would entail? Well, on June 14 2012, we saw one of the much sought after accolades awarded to the Vortex 550 EcoSmart hand-dryer.

The dryer, created by the British manufacturer SAVORTEX, achieved the world record for the most pairs of hands dried using 30 kilojoules (kJ)of energy.

After requiring participants to first submerge their hands completely in water, the efficiency challenge saw the dryer sufficiently dry four pairs of hands to less than 40% moisture, using only 30kJ of energy.

Typically hand-dryers use between 70kJ and 90kJ of power to dry just one pair of hands.

The British designed and manufactured dry1p in electricity.

Commenting on the new Guinness World Record title, Marco Frigatti, head of records, said, “Guinness World Records is continually innovating on the record titles that we recognise and we, like consumers and businesses around the world, are focused on sustainability and efficiency.

“This title tests the energy efficiency of hand dryers and reflects that advancing technology within the market. Guinness World Records aims to continue to expand the range of energy efficiency world records that we recognise.”

Other energy efficiency-related records that are recognised by Guinness World Records include:

  • Longest lasting AA alkaline battery: Panasonic’s EVOLTA, which outperformed the batteries of other leading manufacturers by between 10% and 30% in January 2008.
  • Most fuel efficient vehicle: the PAC-CAR II which can travel 100km on 0.01857 litres of petrol, and was created by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology for the Shell Eco Marathon on June 26 2005.
  • Most energy efficient supermarket: J Sainsbury in Greenwich, London, which has, since its launch in 1999, had a utilities bill which is 50% less than typical supermarkets of equivalent size. Its energy efficiency is achieved through ground submersion to give natural insulation, natural lighting sources and wind-generated power.

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