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The air purifier that eliminates all viruses, now and in the future

10 May 2021

People can safely continue working in physical teams with the aid of Genano’s innovative air purification system, which removes ultrafine particles down to 0,003µm.

Genano’s air decontaminators use a patented cold-plasma technology based on powerful electronic air purification without any physical filters. The purifiers eliminate 99.999 percent of the bacteria and viruses in indoor air, according to a recent scientific study conducted by the internationally acknowledged VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

“When the coronavirus 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,” says Niklas Skogster, CEO of Genano. “One could say that this is one of the safest working places in the world, at least when it comes to the air we are breathing.”

Electrocuted virus stands no chance

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 three-layer active carbon collector removes VOC gases and odours.

“As the study conducted by VTT shows, the outgoing air is completely free from particles of all sizes, microbes, harmful gases and chemicals,” Skogster says. “There are no mechanical filters in the units that could be clogged, ensuring that the airflow is continuous at all times and that there is no need to change expensive filters. Also, the running costs are low. For example, the midsized Genano 350 uses about as much electricity as a conventional light bulb.” 

The air purifiers building on Genano’s technology have been in production since 1999. They were initially developed for hospital use but are now widely used all over the world in a wide range of business areas such as offices, clinics, shops, restaurants, clean manufacturing areas, schools and nursing homes.

“Our technology has of course been improved during the years, so that the units are much smaller and lighter today,” Skogster says. “Genano 350 weighs only 17 kilos, so it is truly mobile and can also be hung on the wall.”

Return to normal

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 percent of the CEOs surveyed is still thinking of downsizing their company’s physical footprint on a permanent basis. In a similar survey in August 2020 the number was as high as 69 percent.

“Because of Covid-19, we have had a tremendous boost in our sales during the last 12 months, but the world is still a long way from what could be called a ‘normal’ situation,” Skogster says. “The transition to a more normal working situation could, however, be sped up by using efficient air purifiers much more widely than today.”

Skogster points out that Genano’s decontamination units are future proof, and that they could greatly improve both the health of the employees and the profitability of a company when times are more normal again.

“Viruses come and go, but no matter what type they are and how they mutate, they don’t survive the 25,000 volts that our air purifiers discharge,” he says. “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.”


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