JAPAN: Air conditioning manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has confirmed its latest proprietary air purification technology has the ability to remove and inactivate the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
MHI’s latest technology includes a proprietary air purification and an enzyme-urea formulation processor that exposes cells to UV-C LED radiation to remove and inactivate airborne viruses. Joint research with Kitasato University is said to have confirmed that almost all cells are completely inactivated by the enzyme-urea in the MHI dust-collecting air filter. The tests further indicate that viral particles reduce almost entirely with an average inactivation rate of 60-minutes.
The UV-C LED has proven effective against microbial contamination. To verify claims, scientists spread liquid holding tens of thousands of SARS-CoV-2 particles on a resin plate under a UV-C LED light. While performing the experiments in an airtight device for increased accuracy and control of the testing surface. The results confirm a high efficacy of inactivation and the ability to inactivate a significant percentage of the virus.
Before launching to its worldwide markets, MHI Thermal Systems says it will continue the commissioned research to validate the effectiveness of its latest developments.