A new hand dryer, the Airblade by Dyson, is said to use 83% less energy than similar dryers. It's rated at 4.4Whr. The dryer forces air at over 400 mph through a 0.3 mm gap, which Dyson claims, works just like a blade that wipes the water of your hands. The Airblade also improves on the sanitary aspects of the hand drying process. The Airblade uses a HEPA filter to remove bacteria and mold from the bathroom air that it sucks in. It also collects and traps the water from your hands and passes it through an iodine resin micro filter and sterilized then it is released into the bathroom as a small mist.
The Dyson Airblade will soon be available in Europe, but there's no word as to whether the dryer will reach the U.S.
The Excel Dryer, which is available in the U.S., makes similar claims of efficiency and speed.
:: Via EcoGeek