Bosch Zeolite Dishwasher
Zeolite is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been included in a slew of different products ranging from laundry detergents to non-clumping kitty litter. Bosch, a German company with a large hand in the appliance market, has manufactured a dishwasher that uses zeolite in yet another fascinating way. They have manipulated zeolite's natural reaction to water in order to develop a low-energy dishwasher with an infinitely self-renewing heat source. According to representatives working in their IFA showroom, there are just three different models equipped to use zeolite, or rather, Bosch's artificially constructed version of zeolite. These seem to be available in Europe, Australia, and India...yet not the United States.
Bosch's patent, and the resulting machines, have been around for about two years now, and they're designed specifically to lower your energy consumption and to save you money...that is, in the long run. Zeolite technology adds to the cost of the overall machine, meaning you'll have to shell out about €1200 ($1512) to start. We were told that these particular models are expected to last roughly 10 to 15 years, though, which allows for a long time to let those energy cuts take effect. Add to that the fact that these products also recycle some of the water used from one load to another, it's very easy to get excited about the long-term savings that a dishwasher with these combined pieces of technology could potentially yield.