Improving indoor air quality present in environments where people live is important to protect human health. This particularly applies to public transportation, where air quality may affect the health and safety of passengers, workers and staff. To provide better air quality, many buildings and transports are provided with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, which are always equipped with filters to retain the particulate present in the airflow, but they lack continuous air sanitization systems. In this study, a new UV-C LED and ionizer-based continuous sanitation air (CSA) system to be installed in a train HVAC was developed (international patent: N.PCT/IB2021/054194) and its sanitation efficacy against various microbial species (bacteria and fungi) was assessed. The device proved to be very effective at the microbial killing of aerodispersed microorganisms, both in its experimental configuration (ISO 15714:2019) and in a train setting. The installation of this CSA system on public transportation appears to be a promising solution to guarantee high microbiological air quality with a very low environmental impact due to its eco-friendly components.

Airborne Microorganism Inactivation by a UV-C LED and Ionizer-Based Continuous Sanitation Air (CSA) System in Train Environments

Giulia Baldelli;Mattia Paolo Aliano;Giulia Amagliani;Mauro Magnani;Giorgio Brandi;Giuditta Fiorella Schiavano
2022

Abstract

Improving indoor air quality present in environments where people live is important to protect human health. This particularly applies to public transportation, where air quality may affect the health and safety of passengers, workers and staff. To provide better air quality, many buildings and transports are provided with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, which are always equipped with filters to retain the particulate present in the airflow, but they lack continuous air sanitization systems. In this study, a new UV-C LED and ionizer-based continuous sanitation air (CSA) system to be installed in a train HVAC was developed (international patent: N.PCT/IB2021/054194) and its sanitation efficacy against various microbial species (bacteria and fungi) was assessed. The device proved to be very effective at the microbial killing of aerodispersed microorganisms, both in its experimental configuration (ISO 15714:2019) and in a train setting. The installation of this CSA system on public transportation appears to be a promising solution to guarantee high microbiological air quality with a very low environmental impact due to its eco-friendly components.
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