10 Million Homes Benefitting from LG Refrigerators with Inverter Linear Compressor Technology

LG Achieves Industry Milestone with Unmatched Energy Efficiency Innovation
Nov 24, 2014 10:00 AM ET

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Nov. 24, 2014 /3BL Media/ — Demonstrating its global leadership in energy efficient home appliances, LG Electronics (LG) announced sales of more than 10 million refrigerators with its patented Inverter Linear Compressor around the world, including strong sales of ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerators in the United States.

LG introduced the world’s first refrigerator powered by an Inverter Linear Compressor in 2001 and has continued to improve the technology ever since. In 2007, LG sold 1 million of its Inverter Linear Compressor-equipped refrigerators and increased that number to 5 million in 2011 and reached the 10 million milestone this month. With strong results in premium refrigerator markets such as the United States, Korea, Europe and the CIS region, LG is expected to sell more than 2 million Inverter Linear Compressor refrigerators in 2014 alone.

LG’s technology employs a straight piston drive instead of a conventional reciprocating drive, resulting in less internal friction than conventional motors. This increases the refrigerator’s reliability and durability while also generating less noise while running. LG ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators featuring Inverter Linear Compressor technology proved to be approximately 32 percent [1] more energy efficient than those equipped with conventional reciprocating compressors, contributing significantly to lower electricity bills.

Earlier this year, the Inverter Linear Compressor was tested by one of Europe’s largest and most respected scientific and technical bodies, the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE). VDE noted that LG’s refrigerator was up to 25 percent [2] quieter compared to another refrigerator powered by a reciprocating compressor and reduced internal friction by 64.2 percent [3], causing less wear to the refrigerator.

In addition to its versatile Inverter Linear Compressor, the Door-in-Door™ feature pioneered by LG has also contributed to strong refrigerator sales. Door-in-Door™ makes it easier for users to reach frequently accessed food and beverages, helping to prevent cold air escaping when the fridge door is opened.

“LG has always strived to offer consumers the most advanced, highest performing appliances in the industry,” said Young-il Park, head of LG’s refrigerator business unit. “Our Inverter Linear Compressor is the result of our commitment to excellence and technological innovation and demonstrates LG’s desire to lead the global premium refrigerator market.”

Park said this passion for innovation has made LG a household name in the premium refrigerator market around the world. To maintain its industry leadership, LG has filed approximately 3,100 patent applications in 16 different markets related to its Inverter Linear Compressor. And LG is so confident in its technology that the Inverter Linear Compressor has been covered under a 10-year warranty since 2009, a first in the industry.

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About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 82,000 people working in 119 locations around the world. With 2013 global sales of USD 53.10 billion (KRW 58.14 trillion), LG comprises five business units ― Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solution and Vehicle Components ― and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.

About LG Electronics Home Appliance Company
The LG Electronics Home Appliance Company is a global leader in the home appliance industry, providing thoughtfully designed products that combine excellent performance with enhanced user convenience. The company’s smart appliances offer consumers impressive energy and time savings along with greater health benefits. LG’s innovative products, including refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, cooking appliances, vacuum cleaners, built-in appliances, and healthcare products are designed to resonate with consumers around the world. For more information, please visit www.LG.com.

About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $53 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LG Electronics, a proud 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Partner of the Year, sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG’s “Life's Good” marketing theme. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.


[1]   Based on VDE testing comparing annual energy consumption of LG model GBB530NSCXE with Inverter Linear Compressor and LG model GBB530NSQWB with Recipro Compressor, according to ISO 15502 standards. Energy reduction is a result of compressor type and other design differences.

[2] Based on VDE testing comparing the peak SPL at compressor start of LG model GBB530NSCXE with Inverter Linear Compressor and LG model GBB530NSQWB with Recipro Compressor, according to internal testing methods. Noise reduction is a result of compressor type and other design differences.

[3] Based on VDE testing comparing the abrasion rate of Inverter Linear Compressor and conventional LG reciprocating compressor.