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The ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award is given to innovative technologies that meet rigorous performance criteria to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features or functionality. The Award provides forward-thinking, environmentally conscious consumers and end users with a tool to identify and purchase cutting-edge technologies that offer energy savings and help to reduce their carbon footprint. Interested? Check out the technologies below for more information on savings opportunities and product availability.
Award Winning Technologies for 2021:
Residential induction Cooking Tops
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Residential Induction Cooking Tops as a 2021 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award category with the goal of recognizing a promising residential cooking top technology that offers the consumer new ways to save energy and protect the environment. Conventional residential cooking tops typically employ gas or a resistive electrical element to generate heat, which is then transferred to cookware via thermal conduction. Through this process, gas cooking tops transfer energy with efficiencies of approximately 32% while electric cooking tops are 75-80% efficient. Residential induction cooking tops instead consist of an electromagnetic coil that creates a magnetic field when supplied with an electric current. When brought into this field, compatible cookware is warmed internally and transfers the energy with about 85% efficiency, providing energy savings and reduced cooking times, among other health and safety benefits.
The Award beginning in 2020 and continuing through 2021 recognizes the best available adaptive refrigerator compressor systems. An advanced adaptive compressor system in residential refrigeration products pairs an inverter compressor with a sensor-driven control system capable of cooling capacity modulation in response to a varying internal thermal load. As a result, the advanced adaptive compressor system allows for the refrigerator to save a significant amount of energy while regulating the temperature by minimizing wide temperature variations.