Monday, March 19, 2012

News: Xeros inside the home of the future


The virtually waterless washing machine being developed by Xeros Ltd in Rotherham has taken its place inside the Home of the Future.

Xeros debuted its revolutionary, environmentally friendly cleaning process on Channel 4 in a new series that shows how an ordinary Sheffield family can use cutting edge technologies and gadgets to tackle challenges such as energy and water use, as they seek to adapt to low carbon living.

The Home of the Future series, was co-funded by one of the UK's leading energy companies E.ON, and produced by Twofour, transformed the lives of a family, filling their home from top-to-bottom with futuristic technology and gadgets.

As well as having cutting-edge technology and gadgets to play with, the Perera family in Sheffield were challenged by scenarios likely to come in the next twenty to fifty years.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the Leeds University spin-out has developed a unique method using special polymer beads rather than the usual large amounts of fresh water to clean clothes. Instead a small amount of water is added to loosen clothing stains and activate the beads.

Bill Westwater, CEO of Xeros, said: "We were delighted that the programme makers chose to feature Xeros technology in action. The programme aims to tackle serious challenges to British households facing up to rising energy and water bills and how they can take affordable steps to live in more sustainable ways."

Bill was also selected by The Big Bang, the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK, and took part in its "Future Minds" panel last week.

Business leaders were asked to predict what the world may be like in 2050 and enable students to understand how companies like Xeros are pioneering technology aimed at creating more sustainable approaches to using and protecting natural resources.

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