AquiSense Awarded "Company Innovation of the Year"
The AquiSense team is excited to be awarded the 'Company Innovation of the Year' by the Northern Kentucky Magazine for our development on the PearlSurface. When the COVID-19 pandemic began the whole AquiSense team went into overdrive - this award is a sign of that hard work!
Read more about this award and a short Q&A from our team here.
AquiSense Team Publishes Update on SAR-Cov-2 Research
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been increasing research into the science behind UV disinfection and the reaction SARS-CoV-2 has to UV-C light. Our team wrote an updated article combining these studies and provided context to their results.
PearlAqua Deca™ Awarded the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label
The PearlAqua Deca by AquiSense Technologies was attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label following an assessment performed by external independent experts and based on verified standards. It is thereby joining the #1000solutions challenge, an initiative by the Solar Impulse Foundation to select solutions that meet high standards in profitability and sustainability and present them to decision-makers to fast-track their implementation.
The PearlAqua Deca was thoroughly assessed by a pool of independent experts according to 5 criteria covering the three main topics of Feasibility, Environmental and Profitability. All labelled solutions are part of the #1000solutions portfolio that will be presented to decision-makers in business and government by Bertrand Piccard, Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. The aim of this initiative is to encourage the adoption of more ambitious environmental targets and fast-track the implementation of these solutions on a large scale.
The “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” Label is one of the first labels for positive impact businesses bringing together protection of the environment and financial viability. This label serves as an award for clean and profitable solutions.
See the PearlAqua Deca Assessment Report here.
PearlAqua Micro™ Certified under the WaterMark Standard
AquiSense's PearlAqua Micro product range has been certified to the WaterMark Standard AS/NZS 3497:1998 for drinking water treatment. This certification continues the trend of the PearlAqua being the most certified and validated UV-C LED disinfection product on the market.
Click here to learn more about the various certification and 3rd party validations of our Micro product range.
World’s First Solid-State Broadband UV Research Device Coming – a Collaboration by AquiSense Technologies and NS Nanotech
AquiSense Technologies, the global leader in UV-C LED disinfection technology, is excited to partner with NS Nanotech on the development of the first solid-state broadband UV research device. The device will be powered by the world’s first UV lamp that is solid-state and emits wavelengths from 200 nm to 400 nm, developed by NS Nanotech. This device is critical for today’s important research into key disinfection wavelengths such as, 220nm (Far UV-C), 254-280nm (UV-C) and 290-400nm (UV-A and -B).
The collaboration between AquiSense Technologies and NS Nanotech will offer researchers reliable, low footprint tools, as part of AquiSense’s PearlLab Beam™ product line; one device to test all wavelengths within the full UV spectrum and another focused on the 220nm, or Far UV region.
“This partnership signifies a shift in how we can research spectral impacts of UV on various mediums and organic material” said Oliver Lawal, AquiSense CEO. “Due to the early stages of Far UV-C, much more research is needed on its effects as a disinfectant, we wanted to provide that research tool so we can more effectively expand into consumer markets if Far UV-C is found to be unequivocally safe. Expect this product to be ready to purchase in the coming year,” concluded Lawal.
“It is great to be working with leaders in the solid-state disinfection industry,” said Victor Hsia, VP of Sales and Business Development at NS Nanotech. “We believe our technology will revolutionize how we disinfect our world and we’re excited to get this technology into the hands of researchers to quantify the safety and effectiveness of this breakthrough,” Hsia concluded.
Mitsubishi Electric Partners with AquiSense Technologies to Offer UV-C LED Disinfection to Japanese Residential Market
AquiSense Technologies, the global leader in UV-C LED water disinfection technology, is proud to announce a unique version of its PearlAqua Micro product specifically for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO). The partnership provides MELCO with AquiSense’s patented ultraviolet light emitting diode (UV-C LED) water treatment technology for MELCO’s residential “Eco Cute” hot-water systems.
MELCO spent over two years evaluating UV-C LED technology solutions from over a dozen suppliers for its market leading CO2 heat-pump hot water supply system, selecting UV-C LED based on its low energy consumption, long service life and small footprint. AquiSense were selected as the long-term supplier based on leading product performance, high-volume manufacturing capability and competitive pricing. The new component from AquiSense, based on its market leading PearlAqua Micro platform, offers a high-level microbial disinfection barrier in hot water reuse. Unlike competing units, where pathogens remain throughout the water recycling process, the new UV LED disinfection acts as a barrier preventing contamination from future cycles.
Mitsubishi is a global conglomerate with product solutions on every continent and is known for their quality, sustainability, and innovation in a broad range of markets and applications. This agreement shows MELCO, a key subsidiary of Mitsubishi, have made a deep forward-looking commitment to deploy mercury-free UV-C LED technology in its products for decades to come, providing AquiSense substantial production growth for an extended period.
“This partnership signifies a huge adaptation of UV-C LED technology in the residential market. Not only is this the world’s largest UV-C LED supply contract to date, it is likely larger than all previous contracts combined” said Jun Miyauchi, AquiSense Asian Regional Sales Director. AquiSense CEO, Oliver Lawal added “We are excited about this new partnership with MELCO. It represents a lot of hard work by our whole team globally and with production already underway. This again reinforces our position that UV-C LED technology offers unique benefits that expand the application use of chemical-free disinfection.”
Learn more about this partnership here.
UV-C LED Product Range Becomes First Fully Certified by NSF International to their NSF/ANSI 55-2019 Standard
AquiSense Technologies, the global leader in UV-C LED water disinfection technology, claims Class B component certification for its PearlAqua Micro range. Multiple models were tested and certified by NSF International in compliance with the new NSF/ANSI 55-2019 Standard for disinfection performance, materials compliance, and structural integrity. Standard 55, Class B certifies ultraviolet water systems for supplemental bactericidal treatment of disinfected public drinking water and is commonly specified for drinking water products. As the first range of products using mercury-free, instant-on, UV-C LED technology, this opens considerable opportunities for use in residential and commercial point-of-use water dispensers.
The PearlAqua Micro is the world’s smallest UV-C LED water treatment system and with production already reaching over 10,000 units each month it is a clear market leading product. The PearlAqua Micro platform includes five discrete model sizes and a broad range of custom variants offering flow rates of up-to 8 lpm. Supplemental 3rd party disinfection validation in accordance with USEPA UV Disinfection Guidance Manual protocols show up-to 6-log (99.9999%) bacterial reduction, with additional certifications and compliance including:
Watermark - AS/NZS 3497:1998
EMC - EN 55022
CB scheme - IEC 60335 & IEC 62471
Japan Food Sanitation and Water Works Law (pending)
WRAS - BS 6920 (pending)
These wide range of certifications make the PearlAqua Micro platform the most extensively tested UV-C LED water treatment product on the market. It is trusted by leading OEM brands globally and manufactured in the AquiSense Kentucky, USA facility to ISO-9001:2015 quality standards. Application of a range of patents, together with full internal control of the product design and manufacture by AquiSense, results in the PearlAqua Micro products offering superior disinfection performance for a fraction of the cost of competing products.
“The NSF/ANSI 55-2019 certification adds further evidence that AquiSense is leading the way for UV-C LED commercial implementation” said Jennifer Pagan, PhD., AquiSense CTO. “Our team has worked for years supporting NSF International to ensure the new 55 Standard is robust and future-proof. Our OEM partners will now benefit from the added claim of integrating a NSF certified component” concluded Pagan.
Link to NSF International certification can be found here.
PearlAqua Deca™ Integrated into Sustainable Bathroom Solution
AquiSense's PearlAqua Deca has been integrated into Alco's Mini sofi, a mobile washroom with recirculating functionality. Based in Japan, Alco provides bathroom possibilities for transport and tourism applications while focusing on a sustainable and clean solution.
The PearlAqua Deca offers a disinfection step to their multi-stage process of recirculation. The Mini-sofi offers solar power and rain harvesting systems, further promoting the sustainability of the unit.
UV-C LED Disinfection of COVID-19:
Wavelength Effectiveness Study with PearlLab Products
Recent studies have added to the growing body of research demonstrating the usefulness of UV-C LEDs as a tool to fight COVID-19. AquiSense is proud to note that our PearlLab Beam was used in one of the recently published studies.
A pre-print article published in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology used AquiSense’s PearlLab products to examine the efficacy of a range of UV-B and UV-C LEDs against human coronavirus HCoV-OC43; due to the dangers of handling SARS-CoV-2 (the virus causing COVID-19), the researchers chose to use a surrogate virus from the same ‘family’. A PearlLab Beam fitted with LEDs at 267, 279, 289, and 297 nm was used to irradiate the samples, investigating the exposure of each necessary to kill the virus. LEDs emitting at 267 and 279 nm were the most effective, achieving 3-log (99.9%) inactivation from 6 – 7 mJ/cm2 exposure; all LEDs tested were able to achieve 3-log (99.9%) inactivation with sufficient exposure.
A similar report from Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories’ presented direct inactivation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This study utilized LED at 260, 268, 270, and 280 nm; the device at 260 nm performed best, achieving a 2.6-log inactivation for a 5 mJ/cm2 exposure.
These recent studies support the common claim that UV-C in the 260-280nm range is highly effective against most pathogens. AquiSense is excited to offer tools like the PearlLab Beam that provide researchers with the ability to study COVID-19 and learn how best to fight against it.
PearlAqua Deca™, World’s First UV-C LED Point-of-Entry System Hits the Water Treatment Market
AquiSense Technologies, the world leader in ultraviolet (UV) LED water disinfection systems, is happy to announce it has launched the PearlAqua Deca™, the first UV LED disinfection system designed for the point-of-entry residential, commercial and light industrial markets. The PearlAqua Deca offers operational benefits specific to LEDs, including intermittent flow management, mercury free, and low cost of ownership. This product provides greater than 99.99% disinfection in a small, self-contained unit. The PearlAqua Deca features automatic on/off switching in addition to Dynamic Power Control which reduces overall energy consumption and extends lamp replacement intervals.
The PearlAqua Deca offers whole house disinfection with flowrates up-to 12 gpm (45 lpm). While priced competitively with similarly featured conventional UV systems, the benefits of intermittent power use and extended lamp replacement interval means the total cost of ownership is actually lower after just 3 years. System sizing is based on 3rd party bioassay testing, with additional certifications in-progress, continuing AquiSense’s practice of introducing world-first UV LED products that are 3rd party verified.
“We are very proud of our development in this new technology,” said Oliver Lawal, CEO at AquiSense Technologies. “This product launch symbolizes maturation of UV LED technology, as this market grows, we will begin to see new products in both creative and disruptive applications,” concluded Lawal.
AquiSense Technologies is currently interested in talking to potential OEM partners and distributors for the PearlAqua Deca. To learn more about the PearlAqua Deca or UV LED technology, you can contact AquiSense at: email@example.com
3M Evaluated PearlSurface™ for N95 Respirator Reuse Stability
3M Technical Bulletin “Decontamination of 3M Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), such as N95 Respirators, in the United States”¹ now includes the UV-C LED system PearlSurface as an option for mask disinfection.
AquiSense Technologies, the global leader in UV-C LED disinfection technology, is proud to be listed as a disinfection consideration in the latest bulletin from 3M on N95 respirator reuse. The PearlSurface has been added to the listing published by 3M as the only UV-C LED disinfection method that can treat N95 respirators whilst maintaining their crucial properties.
The PearlSurface offers consistent UV-C LED performance for surface disinfection in a safe and convenient device. Designed for automated non-contact, non-chemical disinfection of high-touch devices and PPE, our intention is to give essential workers the peace of mind that their items are disinfected using a reliable method within their own control. The PearlSurface is supported by advanced optical design using ray-tracing software. The AquiSense team used their experience in designing systems for high UV exposures up to 2,000 mJ/cm2, dual sided treatment. Recent publications² show the importance of dual-sided UV disinfection as it was found that UV light cannot penetrate all layers of an N95 mask respirator from only one side.
The 3M Technical Bulletin for decontamination for FFRs is designed to communicate the impact of decontamination methods on certain respirator models, but not recommend specific types of decontamination. Each decontamination method must pass filtration efficiency and a fit related evaluation. The 3M bulletin also confirms the PearlSurface as suitable for 20 reuse cycles, twice the number approved for other conventional UV treatment technologies.
“Being listed on the 3M Decontamination Bulletin is yet another instance where AquiSense is leading the way for validated UV-C LED technology engineering performance,” said Oliver Lawal, AquiSense CEO. “Our team worked directly with 3M to supply data on how the PearlSurface can provide consistent disinfection with no measurable impact on respirator performance. We’re already fully engaged with the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) - watch this space!” concluded Oliver.
See the 3M bulletin here.
Learn more about the PearlSurface here.
2 C. Carolina Ontiveros, Crystal L. Sweeney, Chris Smith, Sean MacIsaac, Sebastian Munoz, Ross Davidson, Craig McCormick, Nikhil Thomas, Ian Davis, Amina K. Stoddart and Graham A. Gagnon, Characterization of a commercially-available, low-pressure UV lamp as a disinfection system for decontamination of common nosocomial pathogens on N95 filtering facepiece respirator (FFR) material, Environmental ScienceWater Research & Technology, 2020, DOI:10.1039/d0ew00404a
AquiSense Asian Sales Director Presents with Professor Hiroshi Amano
Our Regional Sales Director for Asia, Jun Miyauchi, presented at the Japan Photonics Council KANSAI Special Lecture. The AquiSense team is proud to share the stage with Nobel Peace Prize winning, Professor Hiroshi Amano who spoke on the future of UV-C LEDs.
AquiSense CEO Presents at EPIC Online Technology Meeting on Surface Disinfection
Our CEO, Oliver Lawal was excited to present for the EPIC Photonics Online Meeting where a group of leaders discussed disinfection applications in their field. AquiSense is always happy to participate in meetings that highlight the disinfection possibilities of UV LEDs and how to overcome the challenges to provide reliable and consistent disinfection for the public.
AquiSense Scientist Publishes Whitepaper on Far UV-C
Our Head of Application Science, Rich Simons, along with coauthors Ernest R. Blatchley III, and Karl G. Linden, recently published a whitepaper in the July 2020 issue of UV Solutions Magazine where they discuss the application of 200 -225 nm, of far UV-C for disinfection.
AquiSense Technologies is a leading UV-C LED product manufacturer, creating a range of laboratory equipment in addition to product lines for air, surface, or water treatment. We operate as a business to business company, supplying our component products to OEMs and distributors who work in the manufacturing space. We were founded on the principle of innovation, and though our core focus is on UV-C LEDs we actively engage with UV technologies across the full spectrum of maturity.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a surge in interest in disinfection technologies such as UV, with well-established approaches (such as UV-C LEDs) rightfully finding a wide range of applications; however, earlier-stage technologies such as ‘far UV-C’ have also garnered attention. Far UV-C is a high-energy subsection of the UV-C spectrum and its proponents claim disinfection capabilities like conventional UV-C sources. This is a young field of research with a promising outlook, though the evidence base is not yet sufficient for us to consider far UV-C sources as safe for human exposure, and we do not recommend or endorse systems designed to that intent. UV-C LEDs operating in the far UV-C range are not commercially viable for disinfection applications, existing in laboratories and niche sensing applications only; the most common far UV-C sources are KrCl* excimer plasma discharge lamps.
AquiSense Technologies will continue to engage with academic, industrial, and regulatory partners to build understanding of this technology and shape its development towards safe and effective application. We continually analyze the performance of UV sources from numerous manufacturers in order to create the best possible UV disinfection products.
Read the full whitepaper here.
UV Dose Response Research Completed on COVID-19, highlighted by AquiSense Technologies
UV-C LED lamps were used to prove disinfection of COVID-19 by independent researchers at the University of Miyazaki, Japan. This study provides data on the disinfection possibilities of UV to aid the fight against COVID-19.
AquiSense Technologies, the world leader in ultraviolet (UV) LED disinfection systems, is pleased to share the latest research conducted on SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) with UV-C LED technology. University of Miyazaki, Japan, conducted the research on SARS-CoV-2 isolated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which saw numerous cases early in the pandemic. Researchers exposed the virus to radiation from Nikkiso UV-C LEDs (280 nm peak) to determine a UV Dose response curve.
“This work certainly bolsters the case for the use of UV-C LEDs for societal benefit against SARS-CoV-2. Considering the large number of research projects underway exploring the efficacy of UV-C on the virus, we can expect the supporting body of evidence to only increase,” said AquiSense CTO, Jennifer Pagan, Ph.D.
The study used an infectivity assay on Vero cells to measure inactivation the SARS-CoV-2 under UV-C LED irradiation. By varying exposure time for each sample the researchers were able to generate a series of datapoints known as a ‘dose response curve’; data such as these are used throughout the UV industry, allowing system designers to match a target UV exposure to a desired degree of inactivation. This study is the first demonstration of a UV Dose response curve for SARS-CoV-2.
Analysis of these data gives a D90 value (the UV Dose required to achieve a 90% reduction) in the 4.2 – 5.3 mJ cm-2 range, indicating that SARS-CoV-2 may be more susceptible to UV exposure than other common viruses such as norovirus. However, a low starting concentration of the virus limited the maximum inactivation that could be measured to 3.3-log (99.95%) and may have resulted in an effect known as ‘tailing’. Both features limit conclusions which can be drawn from the data.
Rich Simons, Ph.D, Head of Application Science at AquiSense added “The more we learn about the way this virus behaves the better we can design systems to combat it effectively. This study is certainly not the end of discussion on UV as a tool for SARS-CoV-2 inactivation but adds a useful datapoint to our ongoing analysis and gives us confidence that we’re on the right track.”
The full article may be assessed here. To learn more about UV-C LED technology, you can contact AquiSense at:
Figure 1. Replotting of the data presented by Inagaki, et al. 2020. The low initial concentration of viral particles within the study impacted measurement of the inactivation effect at all doses above 7.5 mJ cm-2.
AquiSense Team Discuss UV-C LED Technology Growth During COVID-19 With WQP News
Our CTO/Co-Founder, Jennifer Pagan PhD. and Head of Application Science, Rich Simons PhD. participated in a video interview with Lauren Del Ciello, Managing Editor of Water Quality Products.
AquiSense Presents During IUVA Webinar
Our Head of Application Science, Richard Simons PhD. was part of a panel discussion from the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) which covered "Expert Perspectives on UV as a Tool for N95 Decontamination Confirmation".
Rich covered several topics during the discussion mostly relating to the use of UV LEDs for surface disinfection and the work he has done on modeling for mask surfaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AquiSense Regional Sales Manager, Molly McManus Presents at WQA Virtual Program
Our Regional Sales Manager for the Americas was asked to speak at the Water Quality Association's virtual program in lieu of the annual conference held by the organization. The topics covered are:
Real-Time Disinfection for Real-World Solutions: UV-C LED Installations in the US Market
Microbiological Contamination and Treatment (Q&A)
To learn more about these topics find Molly's presentations here.
IUVA Discourage the Use of UV Light on the Human Body to Disinfect Against the Coronavirus
Recent reports suggest that ultraviolet (UV) light can be used on the human body to disinfect against the coronavirus. The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) are educational and advocacy organizations consisting of UV equipment vendors, scientists, engineers, consultants, and members of the medical profession. We would like to inform the public that there are no protocols to advise or to permit the safe use of UV light directly on the human body at the wavelengths and exposures proven to efficiently kill viruses such as SARS-CoV-2. UV light under the conditions known to kill such viruses are also known to cause severe skin burns, skin cancer, and eye damage. We strongly recommend that anyone using UV light to disinfect medical equipment, surfaces, or air in the context of COVID-19, applications that are supported by sound scientific evidence, follow all recommended health and safety precautions and to avoid direct exposure of the body to the UV light.
Learn more here.
COVID-19 Protection – Disinfection of Personal Items is Now a Practical Option as a New, Compact, and Highly Powerful UV-C LED Surface Disinfection System, Developed by AquiSense Technologies, is Launched
AquiSense Technologies, the world leader in ultraviolet (UV) LED disinfection technology, is happy to announce it has launched the PearlSurface 24G9™, one of the first UV-C LED surface disinfection products designed for health care applications such as reuse of N95 face mask and other PPE. The PearlSurface 24G9 offers advanced benefits specific to LEDs, including mercury-free lamps, instant-on operation and low cost of ownership, while providing high-power density, homogeneous disinfection of target objects.
The PearlSurface 24G9 is a highly effective breakthrough product offering simple operation, integrated timer, low voltage power supply and compact footprint, ideal for point-of-use hospital settings, care homes, ambulances, police/fire departments, factories, food preparation, etc. AquiSense will offer this product under the current US FDA enforcement relief to deal with immediate COVDI19 emergency use and will simultaneously submit a premarket approval application.
“We accelerated our product development pipeline in response to immediate global needs for reliable reuse disinfection products,” said Oliver Lawal, CEO at AquiSense Technologies. “We are fortunate to be able to leverage an existing high-output UV-C LED module from our water treatment products and draw on our experience in rapid hardware design and optical modeling to ensure a high-level disinfection efficacy.” concluded Lawal. AquiSense Technologies is currently interested in talking to potential partners and distributors for the PearlSurface 24G9.
AquiSense Published in WQP for Aviation Disinfection
We recently published an article in Water Quality Products Magazine on the use of UV-C LEDs in aviation. This article points out the challenges and potential solutions for water disinfection on commercial flights. Read more here.
AquiSense Expands Production Capabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic
Our team is gearing up for the increase in UV disinfection demand by expanding our manufacturing capabilities for UV LED disinfection products. We are doubling the size of our clean-room, increasing the number of assembly bays and have added 5 new team members with more on the way!
AquiSense Offers Information on COVID-19
During this unprecedented time of a global pandemic we have received numerous inquiries for surface and air disinfection. We put together a simple Q&A that addresses the parameters of these types of disinfection with UV LED technology. As we continue to provide real-world solutions for disinfection our goal with this was to provide realistic expectations for those looking for answers and disinfection solutions. Read more here.
AquiSense Presents at IUVA/RadTech 2020
We had a great time at IUVA/RadTech this last week in Orlando. Our team was happy to present in several sessions at the conference and had great conversations on the advancing of UV LED technology. We were able to speak to so many about how this technology is fitting into new applications. We were also happy to accept an award on behalf of OASIS International for their QUASAR technology. If you were not able to make it to the conference, contact usand we'd be happy to update you on the presentations we gave -
AquiSense Exhibits at Photonics West 2020
Our sales team exhibited this year at Photonics West 2020 in San Francisco, CA. Our UV LED research tools were a big hit at the show, gaining interest from a variety of new markets and researchers. It was a great opportunity to meet with professionals from semiconductor markets on the benefits of UV disinfection.
AquiSense Exhibits at InterAqua 2020 in Tokyo
Our Regional Sales Team, presented our technology at InterAqua 2020 in Tokyo. The expo had almost 50,000 attendees from around the world with a focus on water treatment and management. We are happy to be a leader in the UV LED disinfection market and based on the reception from the expo, there is more demand for this technology than ever before.
CEO of AquiSense is a Keynote Speaker at NIST Healthcare Conference
Oliver Lawal, CEO of AquiSense Technologies, spoke at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's conference on Workshop on Ultraviolet Disinfection Technologies & Healthcare Associated Infections in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Oliver spoke on the perspectives of UV disinfection for healthcare associated infections (HAIs). It was a great opportunity to meet with professionals from the healthcare industry on the benefits of UV disinfection.
AquiSense Speaks at Water Technology Conference
Our Regional Sales Manager, Molly McManus presented at the Confluence Water Technology Innovation Cluster - Tech Showcase and Aqua Pitch. The event focused on the latest technology solutions for water treatment and saw leaders from our local water technology group. We are proud to be part of this group and happy for the opportunity to present on our UV LED technology.
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