Process Efficiency

GE’s Cutting-Edge Technology Making Compressors & Refrigerants

New refrigerator technology will make compressors and refrigerants obsolete, boost energy efficiency, March 13, 2014

Your next refrigerator might not even have a compressor.

GE Appliances is developing magnetic refrigeration for residential use, a technology that needs no refrigerants or compressors and promises to increase the energy efficiency of refrigerators by 20 percent.

The company showcased its research for the media during a video conference this morning.

Magnetic refrigeration – technically called magnetocaloric refrigeration – is not a new concept, but it hasn’t yet been used in residential refrigeration. That should happen within five years, the company said in a news release.

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