Blown Away by a New World Record in Energy Efficiency

Tuesday 19th June 2012

I am astonished by what some people do to achieve or even create a world record, all to be certified by the Guinness World Record team, some of them should be certified by a doctor!

Such as the man who wanted to get into the record books as he can pop 95% of eyes out of his head, about one and half inches. Or the Indian woman who rubbed some of the hottest chillies into her eyes and then ate 51 of them in just two minutes!

More sensibly, impressively and interestingly at least their has been a Guinness World Record certified for a hand-dryer.

The Vortex 550 EcoSmart, created by British manufacturer SAVORTEX, has achieved the world record for the most pairs of hands dried using 30 kJ of energy.

This record was developed as a challenge to measure the energy efficient performance of hand dryers.

To verify the record, Guinness World Records required participants' hands to be submerged in water and immediately placed under the hand dryer. The energy efficiency challenge required hands to be sufficiently dry, which was measured when the moisture level was less than 40% on all areas of the hand.

The Vortex 550 EcoSmart successfully dried four pairs of hands using less than 30kJ of energy. Typically, hand dryers use between 70kJ and 90kJ of power to dry just one pair of hands. 

The Vortex 550 EcoSmart achieved its record using unique patented technology which recovers energy while in operation and uses a compression process to generate warm air without heating elements.

The British designed-and-made hand dryer claims to be the lowest carbon emission hand-dryer in the world and SAVORTEX says it is able to dry 40 pairs of hands at a cost of one pence in electricity.

Commenting on the new Guinness World Records 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."

Have you got an energy efficiency product, technology, method or practice that could claim a new world record? If so contact the goof people at Guinness World Records - you never know I may include your story in a post one day!

Categories: Technology

Tuesday 19th June 2012

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