Energy Focus Inc. has launched a portfolio of germicidal UV-C Disinfection products, with patent-pending technologies designed to destroy 99.9+ percent of various pathogens, including influenza and coronaviruses such as SARS and SARS-CoV-2, in the air or on surfaces to improve indoor hygiene and sanitation. Three initial products – nUVo, abUV and mUVe – complement each other to meet the needs of air and surface disinfection for commercial, industrial and residential indoor environments. The products are available for pre-order on its e-commerce website, through its internal salesforce and distribution channel partners, and deliveries are expected to start during the first quarter of 2021.
Leveraging and integrating a broad range of rapidly advancing technologies — including LED lighting, UV lighting, electronics, software, sensors, cloud and AI — the Energy Focus UV-C Disinfection solutions aim to provide disinfection products for businesses and homes to effectively reduce infection risks. In addition to being ozone-free, the products are designed to guard against the risks of direct human exposure to UV-C rays. abUVTM and nUVoTM include enclosed, self-contained UV-C disinfection units that continuously inactivate viruses while reducing overall pathogen levels in the air. mUVeTM incorporates advanced sensor, machine vision and autonomous technologies to avoid human exposure during disinfection operations.
The core germicidal far ultraviolet (UV-C) lighting spectrum used in Energy Focus’ new products, at 254 nanometers (nm) wavelength, has been scientifically proven to be effective for inactivating pathogens by breaking the DNA and RNA bonds in cells of certain bacteria, fungi, mold and viruses, making them incapable of duplicating. Other longer wavelength UV spectrums, such as UV-A and UV-B, are unable to directly inactivate viruses. And unlike other disinfectants that are composed of irritating and environmentally harmful chemicals, UV-C disinfection produces no harmful byproducts or environmental waste. In addition, while chemical disinfectants require manual deployment, Energy Focus Inc. believes UV-C Disinfection solutions are capable of providing continuous disinfection with effectiveness and safety.
Energy Focus’s UV-C Disinfection products include:
nUVo — Portable UV-C Air Disinfection Tower for Homes and Offices – Continuous 24-Hour Airborne Pathogen Disinfection
The patent-pending nUVo portable UV-C air disinfection device provides continuous air circulation and disinfection and is designed for 99.9+ percent effectiveness on various pathogens including influenza and coronaviruses, as well as transport ease within and between rooms. Most air purifiers currently in the market target specific breathing or allergy issues, requiring frequent filter changes and lack sufficient UV-C or air circulation power. With an enclosed UV-C chamber shielded from direct human exposure, nUVoTM can achieve 4 air changes per hour (4 ACH) in a 200-square-foot room. nUVoTM also does not need filter changes, and the replaceable UV-C lighting module lasts over 10,000 hours (or over 2 years if used 12 hours per day on average). This UV-C air disinfection product will help both small offices and homes disinfect the air and reduce risks from common infectious pathogens.
abUV — EnFocus Circadian Lighting + UV-C Air Disinfection Troffer – Continuous Airborne Pathogen Disinfection
With a built-in fan that draws, disinfects and circulates the air in the room at approximately 2 air changes per hour (ACH) in a 200 square foot space, the abUV troffer system provides facilities with continuous air disinfection designed for 99.9+ percent effectiveness against various pathogens, including influenza and coronaviruses such as SARS, in addition to the highest quality LED lighting—flicker-free, dimming and color tunable. In addition, abUVTM leverages Energy Focus’ patent-pending, award-winning EnFocusTM lighting control platform that enables replacement of existing fluorescent or LED fixtures and wall switches without the need of network cabling or system integration. abUV is an integrated lighting and air disinfection system for current and post-pandemic public spaces, such as hospitals, schools, universities, offices, retail stores or public assemblies where 2×2 and 2×4 fluorescent or LED fixtures are the predominant form factor for lighting.
mUVe — UV-C Surface Disinfection Robot
The patent-pending mUVe is an autonomous surface disinfection robot designed for chemical-free disinfection with 99.99+ percent effectiveness against pathogens such as influenza and coronaviruses that are within the range of 1 meter (or 3.3 feet) of the unit. Moving at a speed of 18 inches per second and with the ability to cover approximately 10,000 square feet of space per hour, the robot is capable of reducing pathogens on surfaces—walls, furniture, equipment—in its line of sight with a concentrated beam of UV-C light directed by a proprietary parabolic reflector, as well as on floors disinfected by another UV-C lamp on the bottom of the robot.
These products, which are now available for pre-order, are expected to start deliveries in first quarter 2021 and shipments will be based on the timing and queue of the pre-orders. Read more information, including spec sheets for each of the products.