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Title: Do Heat Pump Clothes Dryers Make Sense for the U.S. Market

Abstract

Heat pump clothes dryers (HPCDs) can be as much as 50percent more energy-efficient than conventional electric resistance clothes dryers, and therefore have the potential to save substantial amounts of electricity. While not currently available in the U.S., there are manufacturers in Europe and Japan that produce units for those markets. Drawing on analysis conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) current rulemaking on amended standards for clothes dryers, this paper evaluates the cost-effectiveness of HPCDs in American homes, as well as the national impact analysis for different market share scenarios. In order to get an accurate measurement of real energy savings potential, the paper offers a new energy use calculation methodology that takes into account the most current data on clothes washer cycles, clothes dryer usage frequency, remaining moisture content, and load weight per cycle, which is very different from current test procedure values. Using the above methodology along with product cost estimates developed by DOE, the paper presents the results of a life-cycle cost analysis of the adoption of HPCDs in a representative sample of American homes. The results show that HPCDs have positive economic benefits only for households with high clothes dryer usage or for households withmore » high electricity prices and moderately high utilization.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
Environmental Energy Technologies Division
OSTI Identifier:
1022740
Report Number(s):
LBNL-4635E
TRN: US201118%%436
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 2010 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA, August 15, 2010 - August 20, 2010
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32; 29; CLOTHES DRYERS; CLOTHES WASHERS; COMPETITION; ECONOMICS; ELECTRICITY; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; HEAT PUMPS; HOUSEHOLDS; LIFE-CYCLE COST; MANUFACTURERS; MARKET; MOISTURE; PRICES; Heat Pump clothes dryer, clothes dryer, energy efficiency

Citation Formats

Meyers, Steve, Franco, Victor, Lekov, Alex, Thompson, Lisa, and Sturges, Andy. Do Heat Pump Clothes Dryers Make Sense for the U.S. Market. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Meyers, Steve, Franco, Victor, Lekov, Alex, Thompson, Lisa, & Sturges, Andy. Do Heat Pump Clothes Dryers Make Sense for the U.S. Market. United States.
Meyers, Steve, Franco, Victor, Lekov, Alex, Thompson, Lisa, and Sturges, Andy. Fri . "Do Heat Pump Clothes Dryers Make Sense for the U.S. Market". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1022740.
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abstractNote = {Heat pump clothes dryers (HPCDs) can be as much as 50percent more energy-efficient than conventional electric resistance clothes dryers, and therefore have the potential to save substantial amounts of electricity. While not currently available in the U.S., there are manufacturers in Europe and Japan that produce units for those markets. Drawing on analysis conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) current rulemaking on amended standards for clothes dryers, this paper evaluates the cost-effectiveness of HPCDs in American homes, as well as the national impact analysis for different market share scenarios. In order to get an accurate measurement of real energy savings potential, the paper offers a new energy use calculation methodology that takes into account the most current data on clothes washer cycles, clothes dryer usage frequency, remaining moisture content, and load weight per cycle, which is very different from current test procedure values. Using the above methodology along with product cost estimates developed by DOE, the paper presents the results of a life-cycle cost analysis of the adoption of HPCDs in a representative sample of American homes. The results show that HPCDs have positive economic benefits only for households with high clothes dryer usage or for households with high electricity prices and moderately high utilization.},
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