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Zero-Carbon Waterwheel Washing Machine is Completely Powered by Flowing Water

by , 03/18/14

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A team of Chinese designers has developed a brilliant Waterwheel washing machine that combines the mechanism of modern spinning washing machines with traditional washing techniques used in ancient China. The Waterwheel Washing Machine is cheap, zero emission, and completely powered by water.

Waterwheel Washing Machine, spinning washing machines, vernacular-inspired design, Water wheels China, Chinese design, energy efficient design, zero-carbon washing machine, water-powered design, Red Dot Design Award

The washing machine incorporates a waterwheel that is naturally turned by the flow of a river. Waterwheels have been used for centuries prior to the invention of electricity for agricultural activities such as irrigation and grinding. The designers decided to take a step back and reconsider using this system as a sustainable alternative to modern technology.

Related: The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

The periphery of the Waterwheel Washing Machine features inset vanes that fill with water to drive the structure. It is divided into three separate cabins which allow three families to use it simultaneously. The project won a Red Dot Design Award in 2013.

+ Red Dot Design Award 2013

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2 Comments

  1. emilienf April 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    What about the soapy effluent into the body of water?

  2. bestwashingmachinereviews March 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Where did you find this, and how can I get one!

    Just imagine all the money saved from electricity and running water!

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