The Hot Fridge is an experimental design by Hae-jin Kim, a graduate of the Royal College of Art (2005) which aims to minimise waste and maximise efficiency by reusing 'wasted heat' produced by the refrigerators cooling mechanism.
Inspired by Gudul Ondol, the traditional Korean under-floor heating system Hae-jin Kim redesigned the condensor unit and sited it at the top of the Hot Fridge so that the thermal energy, produced during the cooling process, can be channelled to a second compartment that keeps other foods warm.
Kim also replaced the plastic shelves inside the fridge with fabric pocket bags to maximise air circulation and aid easy storage. This system is extremely efficient in terms of the materials selected and the way in which Kim has maximised the use of wasted heat to good effect.
The Hot Fridge was featured at ‘Like Nowhere Else’, The Royal College of Art Show 2005
"It challenges our assumptions about energy use," said Williams. "Think about all the things that generate heat, like computers. This is just one application, but I can imagine so many others." Though Lazor pointed out that the miniature size limited the unit to dorms and cramped New York apartments, he also liked the shrewd solution for energy conservation. It's "brilliant in that it takes a commonsense approach," he said."
For further information visit Hae-jin Kims webpage on the RCA ‘Like Nowhere Else’ Show website