Two students, Finbarr Maguire and David Ronan, in Energy Systems Masters programme have landed a €20,000 prize fund for winning the 2012 Nova Start-Up Award.

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PurDry, PurOrigin’s initial product, is an innovative, energy?efficient clothes dryer designed to create a new niche in the tumble dryer market. PurOrigin is specifically targeting energy conscious consumers in European and US markets who are demanding innovative, technologically advanced appliances such as PurDry.

PurOrigin’s promoters, Finbarr Maguire and David Ronan, have both just completed Masters of Engineering degrees in Energy Systems at the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and will graduate in December.

PurDry has been designed to create a competitive advantage over conventional tumble dryers. It requires no plumbing or installation; consumes less energy and has lower running costs; produces lower CO2 emissions; is compact, light weight, mobile and folds for ease of storage and will be sold at a lower retail price in comparison with conventional tumble dryers.