Posted: Thu 3rd Sep 2020

How a Deeside based aircraft maintenance company is using new state of the art tech to fight Coronavirus

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Sep 3rd, 2020

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A Deeside based company is using state of the art ultraviolet light technology to kill harmful bacteria and viruses, including Coronavirus. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Ultraviolet light has been known to kill bacteria for hundreds of years, but until now has not been deemed safe for use around humans. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

With new research put into this field due to the pandemic, a local aircraft maintenance company is looking to bring technology to the UK which could help combat the virus and future pandemics. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Aerocare Aviation Services (AAS), a company in Broughton specialising in maintaining and upgrading private aircraft, say the equipment can be used almost anywhere. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

AAS has said the technology is “unmatched for speed, convenience and effectiveness in combating the spread of pathogens – viral and bacterial agents – both on surfaces and in the air.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Trademarked as ‘FAR UV-Sterilray Excimer Wave Technology’ it is currently being used in various transport, agriculture and building settings. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It is said that Coronavirus is “very susceptible” to FAR-UV as the light targets the shell which protects it from harm. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Similar technology has been used in China to disinfect buses, but the World Health Organisation warned of its use on skin as it can cause irritation and skin cancer. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The FAR-UV light on the other hand operates at a specific wavelength that is harmless to people, does not damage or corrode surfaces and does not require large amounts of power to operate. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

However, it is lethal to pathogens and either destroys them outright or damages them such that they cannot replicate. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It also comes in many delivery formats, such as rail lamp solutions, fans, overhead lamps, standing sources for rooms, robotic sources for multiple room spaces, and in wand format. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Ruth Roberts, the Commercial and Planning Manager at Aerocare, said: “Right now we’ve been concentrating on aviation, but this technology could be used in any situation. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Companies currently approaching us are from across the transport sector including airports, aircraft and train manufacturers as well as cruise ship operators, for example. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The technology is quite expensive at the moment, so we couldn’t all afford to have it in our homes yet, but this will become achievable in the future. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Eventually, FAR-UV lamps could be put into many uses in everyday life, the potential is incredible – hospitals, schools, in the home and in industry. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The technology is currently being used in the US but has not been scientifically proven by British scientists for use in the UK. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Various scientific trials are planned or underway in the UK – the booth and cleansing cart used by Aerocare are part of the Innovate UK project which itself forms one part of the overall validation process.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

AAS say FAR-UV is “more effective than bleach or “fogging” and available for mains or battery operation,” and is “a cost-effective way to combat both current and potential future pandemics.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The process of the testing has gone really well,” Ruth said. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“As soon as we have the results back, the scientific paper will be written up, but all went to plan.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The company are also keen to manufacture and develop the UV technology in North Wales to support the local supply chain. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

To learn more about the medical evidence and testing of products, visit Aerocare’s website – ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

—– ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

By Jordan Adams ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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