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Engineering students design innovative hand dryer

Two engineering students at the University of Iceland have designed an innovative hand dryer, which is powered by hot water and uses only ten percent of the energy that conventional hand dryers need.

The engineering students plan to apply for a patent for the new energy-saving hand drying technology, which could prove a better option for public bathrooms. RÚV reports.

The students’ instructor, Thorsteinn Ingi Sigfússon, a professor in physics, got the idea for the hand dryer. The students received a grant from The Icelandic Student Innovation Fund to develop his idea.

The hand dryer differs from conventional hand dryers because it is not connected to electrical wires, but to a hose. Less than half a liter of warm water is needed each time.

The water goes through a process of metabolism when it comes in touch with a special heating element inside the hand dryer and changes into air, which is blown out of the hand dryer with a fan, as described by one of the designers, Hildigunnur Jónsdóttir.

“Hopefully we can develop the hand dryer further so that it can go into general production,” the other designer, Valdimar Olsen, told RÚV.

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