The future of kitchens is here, according to Whirlpool. Combining the best existing technology and soon-to-be produced technology, Whirlpool recently exhibited their GreenKitchen concept at the 2010 Eurocucina kitchen showcase at Milan Design Week and it has tons of green features.
Whirlpool's green kitchen prototype, dubbed GreenKitchen, features an impressive set of water and energy saving features. The design incorporates a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove and oven with the best of available or soon-to-be available green technology. The Green Kitchen refrigerator can save up to 46% more energy thanks to new insulation, variable capacity compressors, and more efficient heat-exchangers. It includes a refrigerator drawer which helps reduce energy by half by trapping cold air inside the drawer.
The induction stove saves up to 20 percent energy and 25 percent cooking time. The system also includes a water recycling and filtration system that allows the user to reuse cooking water for washing dishes, saving up to 70 of water in the kitchen. All appliances showcased include a 6th Sense technology which uses smart sensors to optimize the use of water and energy, while maintaining high level performance. The sensors are able to measure the degree of soil in water, diverting only clean water to a special tank where it can be re-utilized to water plants or clean dishes. A vent hood with the 6th Sense sensors can automatically detect cooking activity and humidity levels and regulate air extraction power accordingly.