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According to the EC Regulation 643/2009 to implement Directives 2005/32 (EUP) and 2009/125 (ERP), the production and import of thermoelectric cooling units with a 12 V and 230 V power connector will have certain limits prescribed on 1 July 2010 with regard to energy consumption (EEI = Energy Efficiency Index): from 1 July 2010 EEI = <150, from 1 July 2012 EEI = <125, from 1 July 2014 EEI = <110. The importance of these required limit values is made clear by the following facts: conventional 12/230 V powered thermoelectric cooling units that do not comply with the above-mentioned limit consume an average of about 65 Wh; achieving an EEI value of EEI <150 therefore requires an energy consumption reduction of at least 40%. In Europe alone, approximately 2 million thermoelectric coolers are sold every year – about 60% of these are equipped with a 230 V connection. Assuming a cooler has a five-year life span, it is calculated that there are about 6 million functioning coolers available in the European market. This corresponds to annual energy savings of 250 kW x 6 million units = 1,500 kWh. This in turn results in electricity savings of up to €300 million (1 kWh = €0.20).