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Published March 13, 2008 01:25 AM

Hydromatic Introduces New Technology for Clothes Dryers

ORLANDO, FLA.—At the 2008 International Builders’ Show, Hydromatic Technologies Corp. launched a new technology for clothes dryers that will reduce the appliances’ energy consumption up to 50 percent and cut clothes-drying time by up to 41 percent.

As one of the most energy consuming appliances, clothes dryers are not required to abide by energy standards. With Hydromatic’s technology, dryers will finally go “green,” and the company is poised to set energy standards for this high-consuming appliance three years ahead of the deadline set by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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Hydromatic, which is based in Orlando, Fla., uses a specially-engineered fluid to dry clothes using hydronic technology. By heating up a nontoxic fluid in a self-contained system, the dryer produces enough heat to dry clothes significantly faster than traditional dryers, resulting in less energy consumption and reduced energy costs.

An international patent is currently pending for Hydromatic’s technology, and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the internationally recognized source for product compliance, is scheduled to give approval of the product in April 2008. In addition, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy declared that Hydromatic’s prototype is market-ready. Indeed, the company will make the Dryer Miser available to the public in the fall as an after-market kit that can be installed by service technicians. Discussions are currently being held with international appliance manufacturers to offer the technology as original equipment in new dryers in the near future.

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