Hyderabad-based Oorja Cleantech, a cleantech solutions provider that significantly lower energy usage in buildings, has announced a new set of lab results for Radic8’s Viruskiller technology. After analysis by a leading Indian laboratory, it was proved that SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), as well as 14 other respiratory viruses, were effectively eliminated by the Viruskiller VK 401. According to the company, with a triple filter arrangement – a pre-filter, a carbon filter, and a HEPA filter – and a reactor chamber comprising of nanotubes coated with Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and high-power Ultraviolet C (UVC) lamps, Viruskiller successfully neutralizes viruses and bacteria in the air.
Oorja Cleantech is importing Radic8’s Viruskiller air sterilization technology from South Korea in three different configurations, namely the Hextio, VK- 401, and VK-102. These sterilizer units, each with a lifespan of over ten years, are designed for personal and commercial use. Oorja Cleantech brings these products to India to fight against the current pandemic and as long-term protection from various viruses and bacteria. It uses a two-stage process of filtration followed by sterilization, which eliminates viruses, bacteria, and pollutants in a single air pass.
The test was performed at a leading lab in India, and the report can be viewed here. Two rounds of pathogens were tested against the VK 401, including a heavily concentrated mix of 14 viruses and bacteria SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
The Viruskiller unit was placed inside a chamber, and a small inlet was created to inject the infected aerosol. Filter media were kept at both the inlet and outlet of the sterilizer to check the air quality. On examining the inlet filter, it showed positive results for viruses, whereas the outlet filter was confirmed to be free of any virus; hence, sterilizing the air.
The test report shows that since Viruskiller includes multiple, high-quality filters (a pre-filter, HEPA filter, and carbon filter), it also effectively traps particulates and contaminants, the company said.
Madhusudhan Rao, founder and managing director of Oorja Cleantech, said, “It is important to focus on reducing exposure to airborne infections in public settings. We can control what we touch, eat or drink, but have no choice when it comes to the air we breathe. Recent bulletins from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US and the World Health Organization suggest the airborne nature of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19); hence our focus is on providing sterilized air. A recent test with another laboratory in Canada also shows that Viruskiller reduced airborne pathogens contaminating surfaces by 99.8%.”
Viruskiller was tested against bacteria like Chlamydophilia pneumoniae, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila, Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella parapertussis, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilius influenza and viruses like Influenza -A, Influenza -B; Respiratory Syncitial Virus-A, Respiratory Syncitial Virus -B, Influenza -A- Strain H1, Influenza A- Strain H3, and Influenza A-Strain H1 pdm09, as well as SARS-CoV-2.