New report documents discussion around the present and future challenges in Large Domestic Appliance usage and design.

By Mr John Stevenson(Senior Communications Officer), Published

On 16th September 2021, City, University of London, the Office for Product Safety & Standards (OPSS), the Association for the Manufacture of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA), the London Fire Brigade (LFB), and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) co-organised the successful 2050: Fridge of the Future event.

The report titled, '2050: Fridge of the Future - Innovation, environment, safety' on the event, has just been published by the OPSS.

2050: Fridge of the Future, carrying the theme, Innovation, Environment, Safety, brought like-minded parties together with an interest in the future of large white goods and raised questions such as: What will white goods in the future look like? How will they be shaped by evolving demand, environment and new technologies? What impact will this have on product safety and future-ready regulation?

674599In regard to domestic appliances, Dean of the School of Mathematics and Engineering (SMCSE) Professor Rajkumar Roy, has co-authored a new report, Fridge 2050: The Future of Large Domestic Appliances, reviewing the way Large Domestic Appliances (LDAs) are currently developed.

Professor Roy has written the report with Dr Sam Brooks, a City Post-Doctoral Fellow in Mechanical Engineering for the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Their review attempts to identify current and future capabilities and features likely to be utilised in the five most common LDAs - refrigerators, freezers, cooking hobs, cooking ovens, washing machines and tumble dryers.

Environment and new technologies

The study focuses primarily on fridges and freezers, the most frequently found appliances in homes (sometimes with more than one per home).

According to 2019 data on appliances in the UK appliance ownership, there were 37.65 million cold appliances (fridges, freezers or combined units), 34.86 million electric cooking hobs or ovens, 31.13 million washing machines, and 11.42 million tumble dryers.

The report does not evaluate the commercial versions of these appliances, with the emphasis resting on technologies and developments relevant to the UK or European market.

To read the complete report, please visit this weblink.

On September 21st 2022, City will host 2050: Appliances of the Future

Please visit this weblink to register for this free event.


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