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Published on: Oct. 26, 2020, 9:35 a.m.
Blue Star launches new products and solutions with a virus deactivation technology
  • Thiagarajan: tackling viruses also

By Lancelot Joseph. Executive Editor, Business India

With Covid-19 attacking all kinds of industrial, as also human bodies, air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration major Blue Star Limited (BSL) has announced the launch of a wide range of new products and solutions with virus deactivation technology (VDT). The Rs5,400 crore entity has a footprint in 18 countries across the Middle East, Africa, SAARC and ASEAN regions.

“Considering the new world order, it is imperative for BSL to roll out technologically advanced offerings, which are specifically designed to tackle viruses, while ensuring safety precautions mandated by the government,” explains B. Thiagarajan, MD, BSL. “This VDT provides additional protection against viruses including Covid-19, in air-conditioned spaces. Apart from being completely safe for humans, the technology deploys components that are non-hazardous, eco-friendly, proven and accepted across the world. The new range of products and solutions, when used while adhering to the safety protocols mandated by the government, will provide additional protection to human beings inside air-conditioned spaces”.

What does VDT do? BSL’s new range of products and solutions with VDT has the capability to deactivate viruses including Covid-19, with up to 99.9 per cent efficacy, when air passes through these systems. “VDT will be a part of the company’s new range of solutions, specially designed for the new reality,” adds Thiagarajan. “Most of the VDT components have also been designed to be easily retrofitted into existing AC systems, both central and unitary, in the field. These VDT solutions will be useful for all air-conditioning applications, be it at homes, ATMs, showrooms, restaurants, offices, or large commercial spaces like malls, cinema theatres and airports. He further points out: “It is pertinent to note that the product is not a substitute to the mandatory precautions prescribed by the government such as wearing masks, social distancing, usage of hand sanitisers and surface hygiene practices”.

One of the components that forms the critical part of VDT is livinguard filter, which BSL, through its positive charge, attracts the negatively charged viruses including Covid-19 and other microbes, like a powerful magnet, and completely deactivates them when air passes through this filter. BSL has also integrated ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) technology into its VDT range of solutions.

 The UVC emitters, which are placed in the air-conditioning systems, irradiate viruses including Covid-19, by altering their DNA/RNA. This effectively deactivates the virus present in the air which passes through the air-conditioners.

“BSL’s new range of VDT products and solutions, such as the room ACs, have livinguard filters, where the virus is deactivated when the air passes through them. The filter is washable and has a long life of at least three years. One of the product variants also assures an air purification level of PM 2.5. With UVGI, the virus is deactivated, when the air passing through is exposed to the UV lamp. Retrofitting on existing machines is possible,” adds Thiagarajan.

BSL also offers solutions that help improve indoor air quality, disinfect air and surfaces, and augment fresh air in large conditioned places thereby preventing the spread of viruses including Covid-19 virus, in these closed spaces, be it at home, workplace, or commercial spaces like hospitals and malls, amongst others.

“BSL is a certified member of national air duct cleaners association (NADCA). The company’s air system cleaning specialists, certified by NADCA, render efficient service every single time, regardless of the complexity of the project. With the cleaning of the duct, the entire air distribution system eventually gets cleaned,” discloses Thiagarajan.

 

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