All Whirlpool electronically controlled appliances to be smart grid compatible by 2015


Bracken Darrell,
President Whirlpool
Europe & Executive
Vice President
Whirlpool Corporation
Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — May 12, 2009 – All electronically controlled appliances from home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation are to be smart grid compatible by 2015, with the capability of receiving and responding to signals from smart grids, the company has announced.

Speaking at the EE Global Forum & Exhibition in Paris, Bracken Darrell, president of Whirlpool Europe, and executive vice president of Whirlpool Corporation, who made the announcement, said this would apply to all appliances the company produces, everywhere in the world, as well as those produced under license bearing the Whirlpool brand.

The products will also be capable of providing the consumer with contemporaneous information about their energy consumption.

However, Darrell added that delivering on this commitment will depend on two important public-private partnerships. These are the development by the end of 2010 of an open, global standard for transmitting signals to and receiving signals from a home appliance, and appropriate policies that reward consumers, manufacturers and utilities for using and adding these new peak demand reduction capabilities.

“Whirlpool believes this bridging technology is so important that we are going to invite the appliance industry, the utility industry, policymakers, NGOs, and relevant technology companies to come together at the upcoming Copenhagen climate change conference to discuss how we can accelerate the adoption of these new capabilities,” said Darrell.