Btech student builds UV-Light unit for ACs to instantly kill viruses in air

Btech student builds UV-Light unit for ACs to instantly kill viruses in air
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Across the world, coronavirus is spreading like a wildfire. All people have become very cautious about the things that we touch, eat due to this infection. Even as a precaution for the air we breathe, we are wearing masks. Researchers claim that the COVID-19 is airborne. In such a situation, our fear of the virus increases even more. Also Read: Atmanirbhar Bharat: IIT-Bombay’s B.Tech Final Year Students Launch AIR Scanner

Meanwhile, researchers at Lovely Professional University in India have developed a novel device to help disinfect air with the help of air conditioners. The device uses an asset of ultraviolet tubes to emit viruses in the air that emit rays in a special wavelength. Also Read: ‘Do Not Compromise On Performance’ Best laptops under 50000

The special thing about this device is that it does not take time to boot and it becomes active with AC turned on. The sensing unit activates the tube of the device. An indicator has been placed inside the unit which slows when the tubes need to be replaced.

This device is being made by Mahesh Kotni, a student of BTech (Electrical and Electronic Engineering). For this Mahesh has worked under the guidance of Dr. Saurabh Lakhanpal Associate Professor and Additional Dean Student Welfare Head Mandeep Singh, Assistant Professor Rahul Amin Chaudhary of the University.

It took Mahesh a month to develop a working prototype of the device. The cost of each model of the device is between 1500 to 2000 rupees. Mahesh said that he expects prices to decrease further after mass production. This type of device can be helpful in closed places such as restaurants, gyms, or movie theaters where a large number of people often gather.

Kotni shares, “We developed this new device that helps in reducing the spread of the virus in closed places. Enclosed public areas, a category that basically includes all retail and F&B; has been severally affected by people’s unwillingness to set out despite them following social distancing norms as people fear contracting the virus from AC. This device can help to boost safety at all of these places.”


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