Facebook icon LinkedIn icon Twitter icon


Dry Washing Innovation Nears Commercial Market

Date: 06 August 2010

Access This Report

This report is available to Verdantix clients with a Knowledge Service Subscription.

Verdantix clients:

Not a client but want access
to this report?


£ 400.00 inc VAT

5 pages, 2 figures

Executive Summary

Water scarcity risks will impact most of the world’s population within the next fifteen years. Combined with greater emphasis on sustainability in business and consumer markets, demand for innovations that offer alternatives to water-intensive processes, like the ‘almost waterless’ washing machine developed by UK-based start-up Xeros, will soar. Instead of using water, fabrics are cleaned with thousands of stain-absorbing nylon polymer beads resulting in reductions of up to 90% in water use and up to 30% in energy consumption. Since 2007, Xeros has received financial support from venture funds, secured industry partners and moved towards the market launch of commercial-capacity washers in 2011. Development of the more technically challenging domestic model is ongoing and it will not reach consumers for several years. With the majority of the global laundry market lying with the domestic user, entry into this sector is key to achieving the full environmental benefits of Xeros’s technology

TABLE OF CONTENTS

XEROS DEVELOPS AN ALMOST WATERLESS WASHING MACHINE
Replacing Water With Nylon Polymers Cuts Costs And Energy
Xeros Secures Venture Funding And Initial Industry Partners
Xeros Faces Commercial Market Test Before Domestic Opportunities

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Xeros Washing Process Replaces Water With Nylon Beads
Figure 2. Xeros Is Progressing Towards a Low-Water Value Chain

COMPANIES MENTIONED

Cambridge Consultants, Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra), Enterprise Ventures, GreenEarth Cleaning, Hilton, IP Group, Marriot, National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), South Yorkshire Investment, United Nations, University of Leeds, URS