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Discussing the fridge of the future

UK: The technologies and their safety and efficiency that could be used in the manufacture of domestic fridges in the future will be discussed at a special event next month.

City, University of London is joining forces with the Office for Product Safety & Standards, The Association for the Manufacture of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) and the London Fire Brigade to host 2050: Fridge of the Future.

It is aimed at bringing together all parties with an interest in understanding the future of large white goods to share perspectives, identify common interests and discuss the possibilities for working together to achieve shared goals.

Some of the questions posed at the event include: What will white goods in the future look like? How will they be shaped by evolving demand, environment and new technologies? What impact will this have on product safety and future ready regulation?

Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, of City, University of London said: “Refrigeration has changed significantly from the 19th century when ice blocks were delivered to households for use in icebox refrigerators. Today around 200 million fridges are produced annually to meet ever increasing demands for household refrigeration and consumes a vast amount of energy which is similar in consumption patterns to other household appliances. 

“We are now relying on renewable energy, the use of artificial intelligence and big data to improve the safety and efficiency of household items enjoy more comfortable lives. This event is timely in addressing and discussing technologies that might be used in the next few decades, including their safety and efficiency and the policy requirements for enabling this exciting transformation.”

The event takes place on Thursday, 16 September 2021. It is hoped it will go ahead in person, but the organiser point out that Covid-secure requirements may mean making adjustments to the agenda and numbers that can attend in person. 

Further information and free booking here.

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