Eliminating Indoor Airborne Pathogens
The Indoor Environment, Health, Safety, Security & Environment, EMEA, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Healthy Buildings
A new filterless air purification system from Genano Oy eliminates bacteria and viruses carried by indoor air.
Marketed as the only air purifier on the market that is capable of removing particles down to .003 µm in size, Genano’s air decontamination technology uses a patented cold-plasma based on powerful electronic air purification without any physical filters, with the purifiers eliminating 99.999 per cent of bacteria and viruses in indoor air according to a recent scientific study conducted by the internationally acknowledged VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
The principle behind Genano’s technology is simple: Contaminated air is led inside the unit, where the negatively charged particles are attached to the positive collection surface. The particles are then destroyed with high voltage corona discharges. In the last step a 3-layer active carbon collector removes VOC gases and odours.
Purifiers based on the technology have been in production since 1999 when they were initially developed for hospital use but are now widely used all over the world in a wide range of settings including offices, clinics, shops, restaurants, clean manufacturing areas, schools and nursing homes.
During the first six months of the Covid-19 crisis last year, many companies declared that remote working would be the new normal. But after over a year of struggling with the Covid-19 remote work blues, the attitude has changed. According to KPMG’s 2021 CEO Outlook Pulse Survey, only 17 per cent of the CEOs surveyed are still thinking of downsizing their company’s physical footprint on a permanent basis (in a similar survey in August 2020 the figure was 69 per cent).
Niklas Skogster, Genano CEO, says: "Viruses come and go, but no matter what type they are and how they mutate, they don’t survive the 25 000 volts our air purifiers discharge.
"A study by Laboratoire National d’Essai in France shows that the microbes in the air were completely destroyed half an hour after the device was switched on. The bottom line is that healthier people work more effectively."
"When the corona virus attacked the world last year, we kept on working in our premises, since we knew that the indoor air did not contain any viruses thanks to our air decontaminators, and one could even describe it as one of the safest working places in the world, at least when it comes to the air we are breathing."