SOURCE: Electrolux

November 29, 2007 14:48 ET

Hungarian Design Student Wins Electrolux Design Lab 2007 With E-Wash Washing Machine

PARIS--(Marketwire - November 29, 2007) - Levente Szabó from Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design, Hungary, has won the Electrolux (PINKSHEETS: ELUXY) Design Lab 2007 competition with E-wash, a compact washing machine that uses soap nuts instead of detergent.

The 2007 Electrolux Design Lab challenged students to come up with environmentally sound, commercially viable products and solutions that would enable consumers to live in greater harmony with the environment.

In India and Nepal, people have used the soap nut (sapindus mucorossi) for centuries to get their clothes clean. Szabó says that a kilogram of soap nuts would last the typical person a year, and soap nuts are good for people with allergies and gentle on clothes.

"E-wash is a brilliant connection between ancient knowledge and high-tech," comments juror Henrik Otto, Head of Global Design for Electrolux. "It takes someone open-minded to look for solutions from somewhere else and apply them to his own culture."

"The soap nut is a natural plant and can be cultivated. It does not harm nature but is a part of it," said Szabo. "The other problem was the form of conventional washing machine. I reduced the size and made it flat, so it would fit into a small apartment, but also would be able to wash a lot of clothes at the same time."

Second Place went to Pebble, a portable, solar food cooker that uses spray-on solar cells and induction heating for precise, energy-efficient cooking. It was submitted by Laura Pandelle from École Boulle, France.

"This is a fascinating design that's plausible and really useful," comments juror Jason Bradbury, a UK technology presenter. "Solar paint is an interesting use of a really exciting technology."

Third Place went to Go Fresh by He Cheng Fei from Jiangnan University, China. Go Fresh is an energy-saving fridge with individual, honeycomb-shaped compartments that preserve each type of food at the right temperature and can be removed to be taken on a picnic.

Adds juror Matali Crasset, an award-winning French designer, "With the food stored at the ideal temperature, people may waste less."

The Design Lab '07 award is a prize of 5,000 Euro and a six-month scholarship at one of the Electrolux Group's global design centers.

The other five finalists are:

--  Circompo by Thanat Tengamnuay from King Mongkut's University of
    Technology Thonburi, Thailand. Circompo is a composter and garbage bin that
    decomposes organic waste -- especially food -- using microorganisms that
    are kept under ideal conditions of air, moisture and heat to speed the
--  Fog Shower by João Diego Schimansky from Pontificia Universidade
    Católica do Paraná, Brazil. Fog Shower is a shower that uses a fog of
    microscopic water droplets and only two liters of water for a five-minute
    shower, compared to 26 liters for today's most efficient water-saving
--  Pure Washer by Tatjana Voronova from Hochschule für Gestaltung
    Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Pure Washer is a rotating dual kitchen sink and
    detergent-free compact dishwasher that reduces water consumption and uses
    degassed water to remove oily dirt from dishes.
--  Nature Wind by Bae Won-Ho from Dong-A University, South Korea
    Nature Wind is a solar-powered aircleaner mounted to a window that uses a
    series of filters to refresh and sanitize household air.
--  Return Pot by Ying-Hao Juan from Cranbrook Academy of Art, U.S.A.
    Return Pot is a plastic decomposer that turns plastic bags made from
    polyactic acid (PLA) resin into compost for plants.

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