11:32 | 23/03/2021 Science - Technology
Panasonic today announced that the inhibitory effect on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) of the air conditioner with nanoe™ X was certified by Texcell*1, a global contract research organization. Texcell verified 91.4 percent of the inhibitory effect on the novel coronavirus in the space of 6.7cu.m in 8 hours.
Nanoe™ X is a technology that collects invisible moisture in the air and applies a high voltage to it to produce “hydroxyl radicals contained in water”. Hydroxyl radicals inhibit the growth of pollutants such as bacteria and viruses. They are characterised by being strongly oxidative and highly reactive, hence a short life span. Contained in tiny water particles, nanoe™ X has a long lifespan and can spread over long distances. It has an inhibitory effect on both airborne and adhered substances.
In September 2020, Panasonic has verified in collaboration with Texcell*1 the inhibitory effect of the nanoe™ X technology with the benefits of hydroxyl radicals on the novel coronavirus in a small test space of 45L using nanoe™ X generator. For further investigation, Panasonic challenged to test using air conditioner with nanoe™ X in a larger test space. Even in these difficult circumstances, Texcell has now certified that the nanoe™ X does have 91.4% of the inhibitory effect on the novel coronavirus in the actual space of 6.7cu.m in 8 hours using the air conditioner with nanoe™ X. This testing was carried out in a closed laboratory environment and was not designed to assess its efficacy in uncontrolled living spaces.
Panasonic has been researching on nanoeTM Technology over the past 20 years since 1997 and has verified its effectiveness in a variety of areas, including inhibiting pathogenic microorganism (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) and allergens, breaking down PM 2.5 components that have adverse effects on the human body*2.
Panasonic will continue to pursue the potential of nanoe™ X technology to address possible risks associated with air pollution such as new pathogenic microorganisms, to create healthy environments for people around the world.