15 September 2010

NZPA

Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd said it has developed a new compressor that delivers a leap forward in energy efficiency in refrigerators.

The company describes the new technology as revolutionary and industry leading.

The company said it developed the compressor design concept and technology and worked closely with Embraco, a company owned by Whirlpool Corp, in the past few years to fine tune it.

In partnership with Embraco, the next stage will take it into field trials, and then mass production.

"The new technology is not only significantly more energy efficient than conventional compressors by up to 30 per cent, it has the additional benefits of increasing storage capacity and refrigerator design options, while enhancing the temperature control to improve food quality and safety," the company said.