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Panasonic unveils world's most energy-efficient two-door refrigerator

Panasonic unveils world's most...
Panasonic has unveiled its new A+++ rated two-door refrigerator, the NR-B55VE1
Panasonic has unveiled its new A+++ rated two-door refrigerator, the NR-B55VE1
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The NR-B55VE1 features a door alarm, child lock, a holiday function and Panasonic's "Super Freeze" feature
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The NR-B55VE1 features a door alarm, child lock, a holiday function and Panasonic's "Super Freeze" feature
The NR-B55VE1 is said to run “at a whisper” - or 38 dB, to be precise
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The NR-B55VE1 is said to run “at a whisper” - or 38 dB, to be precise
Panasonic has unveiled its new A+++ rated two-door refrigerator, the NR-B55VE1
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Panasonic has unveiled its new A+++ rated two-door refrigerator, the NR-B55VE1
The Vitaminsafe compartment makes use of twin flashing LEDs in order to activate the natural protective mechanisms of vegetables
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The Vitaminsafe compartment makes use of twin flashing LEDs in order to activate the natural protective mechanisms of vegetables
The Vitaminsafe compartment makes use of twin flashing LED’s in order to activate the natural protective mechanisms of vegetables
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The Vitaminsafe compartment makes use of twin flashing LED’s in order to activate the natural protective mechanisms of vegetables
The NR-B55VE1 consumes 262 kWh/year of electricity
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The NR-B55VE1 consumes 262 kWh/year of electricity
Despite its green credentials, the NR-B55VE1 still manages to pack features which one expects from a high-end refrigerator
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Despite its green credentials, the NR-B55VE1 still manages to pack features which one expects from a high-end refrigerator
The black model pictured is at present a concept model only
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The black model pictured is at present a concept model only
The NR-B55VE1 will be available in grey from November
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The NR-B55VE1 will be available in grey from November
The Vitaminsafe compartment makes use of twin flashing LED’s in order to activate the natural protective mechanisms of vegetables
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The Vitaminsafe compartment makes use of twin flashing LED’s in order to activate the natural protective mechanisms of vegetables
The NR-B55VE1 will be available in grey from November
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The NR-B55VE1 will be available in grey from November
The NR-B55VE1 features Panasonic’s existing NoFrost Technology
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The NR-B55VE1 features Panasonic’s existing NoFrost Technology
The NR-B55VE1 will be available in grey from November 2012
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The NR-B55VE1 will be available in grey from November 2012

Appearing at IFA, Panasonic has unveiled a brand new refrigerator which the company states is the first-ever A+++rated two-door refrigerator – making it the most energy-efficient two-door fridge, worldwide. Named the NR-B55VE1, it consumes 262 kWh/year of electricity, which by our reckoning amounts to a mean power consumption of 30 W. Gizmag was on hand to take a look.

Despite its green credentials, the NR-B55VE1 still offers features which one may associate with an energy-guzzling refrigerator, such as Panasonic's patented "Vitamin-Safe" technology, which is designed to store fruit and vegetables in isolation from the rest of the fridge contents in order to keep them fresh. In addition to its own high-humidity environment, the Vitamin-Safe compartment makes use of twin flashing LEDs intended to activate the natural protective mechanisms of fruit and vegetables, and keep the natural vitamins locked in.

The Vitaminsafe compartment makes use of twin flashing LED’s in order to activate the natural protective mechanisms of vegetables
The Vitaminsafe compartment makes use of twin flashing LED’s in order to activate the natural protective mechanisms of vegetables

The NR-B55VE1 also features a door alarm, child lock, a holiday function and Panasonic's "Super Freeze" feature, which cools food placed into the freezer compartment very rapidly. In addition, the NR-B55VE1 is said to run “at a whisper” – or 38 dB, to be precise.

The black model pictured is at present a concept model only, though the NR-B55VE1 will be available in grey from November. Its price has yet to be confirmed.

4 comments
Strauski
Refrigerators will start to become seriously economical when they start to use outside winter air (in appropriate climes).
Micheal Donnellan
Wonders if it could be used for kegerator
NatalieEGH
The refrigerator is extremely efficient but I am not sure how long it will take to pay off. On the German Panasonic site given below they have the price listed as 3499 euros or at today's exchange rate 4467.17 dollars. I would love to have one of these based on the specs but my average utility bill is $122/month for gas and electric combined. They say a refrigerator is 1/6 of your average home utilities but I have a really old one so say 1/3 or $41/month. That would take 109 months (8 years 1 month) to break even on the electricity. "http://www.panasonic.de/html/de_DE/Presse/Alle+Meldungen/080+-+2012+-+August+2012+-+Panasonic+NR-B55VE1+%E2%80%93+die+erste+Side-by-Side+K%C3%BChl--Gefrier-Kombination+mit+A%2B%2B%2B/10354423/index.html"
RONG
Provide an option for see-through doors. The savings from just the amount of time people spend searching the refrigerator during football games has to be substantial.