xeros hopes to clean up by taking the water out of washing - absorbent polymer beads
Business laundry is not the fastest
But one company believes it has disruptive technologies that change the industry.
When the water shortage was highlighted by the continued drought in California, England --
The company, based in xerossay, said it is winning new business because its new cleaning technology can reduce water use for customers-hotels, restaurants, dry cleaners, fitness facilities and commercial laundromat for up to 75% people.
But reducing the use of water can cause trouble.
In fact, it helps the company to make more convincing business cases-reducing the amount of water that needs to be heated, because in any case it can be cleaned at a lower temperature, xeros reduces the energy usage of the heated water in the laundry.
The company claims it can reduce energy use by 50% and has data to support that.
In fact, the energy saving effect is so impressive that one of its clients-Sterling Linen Services, one of the largest commercial hotel laundries in New England, just received a $28,000 payment from free utilities under the Energy Incentive Program of the Federal Energy Management Program, after it was able to demonstrate that the machine and its polymer bead technology halved the company's use of natural gas, reduce the water consumption by 76% and shorten the cleaning time by 28 minutes.
Because it saves energy, and because the pound is replacing more energy available. and water-
Intensive equipment-Liberty offers a project cost rebate equivalent to half the cost of Xeros machines entering the enterprise in the first year.
The technology was originally developed at the University of Leeds textile college in the UK and works by replacing most of the water used in the laundry process with polymer beads capable of absorbing stains and dirt-25 kg of the company (60lb)
The machine uses 50 kg beads, about 1.
5 million of them are used to clean the fabric.
The way the beads work means that the water used does not have to be heated, which is the source of energy saving.
"Because the beads do a lot of work, so you can clean at a lower temperature, CEO Bill Westwater said:" use about half of the detergent in the traditional system, and reduce the amount of waste water generated. ".
In addition to that, he said, because the machine uses so many beads, it is much more gentle than the traditional machine, reducing the wear and tear of the fabric.
This, in turn, helps the fabric to maintain color and last longer.
When the cleaning is completed, the beads are transferred to the storage area of the wet pool and ready to be used again.
Before they need to be replaced, they can be used hundreds of times-when they end their service life in the laundry room, they can be recycled into a range of plastic products such as a car dashboard.
Xeros's technology is an example of a new focus on circular economy and closed-loop processes that minimize the use of scarce resources and focus on reducing waste.
As resources become increasingly difficult to access, this technology will become more and more common in the coming years.
But it's too early-the Xeros process needs an end --
Westwater says making machines, so incentives like free offers are important to drive change in the market.
"If you have a disruptive technology and you sell it to a very conservative and suspicious audience-because it has heard a lot about the next big thing that's coming-then, rebates make the technology in their minds very real.
"Thanks to the savings offered by Xeros's machines, the company expects more companies in the US to benefit from it.
"The free rebate program represents the tip of the iceberg that customers across the country can achieve.
We hope that the payment to the pound will be the first of many, "said Jonathan Benjamin, President of the United States at Xeros.
He even hopes that incentives will save water and energy over time.
"Thanks to the new focus on water scarcity, we are just beginning to see the public funds we want to pursue.
The company raised 30 million (
About $51 million)
By listing on the AIM market in London in March 2014, the company is also considering launching a home washing machine for the family and wants to authorize it to a large washing machine manufacturer.
The technology also has other applications in industries such as leather processing and garment finishing, and Xeros is working with German chemical giant BASF to explore some of these applications.
Obviously, the company is doing something right-on the same night it may have won two awards on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean-in the Edison Award 2014 in San Francisco, it was named Spin in London-
Best of the year award for new energy and clean technology awards.