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First UV-C LED Product Certified to NSF/ANSI 55-2019 Standard

USA manufactured, PearlAqua Micro™ range becomes the first water disinfection safety component to be tested and approved by NSF International to their newly published Standard 55.

 

AquiSense Technologies, the global leader in UV-C LED water disinfection technology, claims the world’s first NSF Component Certification to the newly updated NSF/ANSI 55-2019 Standard for its PearlAqua Micro range. The PearlAqua Micro was certified by NSF International in compliance with the new NSF/ANSI 55 Standard for Material Safety and Structural Integrity. 

 

The PearlAqua Micro is the world’s smallest UV-C LED water treatment system, with tens of thousands of units shipped this year is a clear market leading product. The PearlAqua Micro range includes 5 discrete model sizes offering flow rates of up-to 8 lpm and 3rd party validation disinfection performance of up-to 6-log (99.9999%) pathogen reduction. The PearlAqua Micro range is designed to be integrated at the point of use and offers 12 or 24 VDC input voltage, automatic on/off control, multiple sensing/alarm options, and customizable housing options. It is trusted by leading OEM brands globally and manufactured in the AquiSense Kentucky, USA facility to ISO-9001:2015 quality standards.

 

The NSF/ANSI 55-2019 Standard has recently been updated to address the unique technical differences of LED technology compared to traditional mercury gas-discharge lamp technology.  Following very shortly will be microbiological performance certification by NSF.  This will provide additional verification to the already completed 3rd party microbiological validation completed on the PearlAqua Micro range, showing supplemental bacterial treatment of drinking water supplies.  This provides a strong final barrier and “last-mile” protection to many applications

 

“Obtaining the NSF/ANSI 55-2019 certification is yet another instance where PearlAqua is leading the way for UV-C LED technology,” said Oliver Lawal, AquiSense CEO. “Prior to September 2019, there was no specific standard for LED technology in water treatment applications. Our team has worked for years supporting NSF International to ensure the new 55 Standard is robust and future-proof. We look forward to engaging OEM manufacturers globally in incorporating the PearlAqua component for maximum human and environmental protection,” concluded Lawal.

The latest NSF 55 Standard includes updates listed below.

For more information on the NSF 55-2019 standard, please contact us at info@aquisense.com

PearlAqua Technology Presented at PIDA Seminar in Taiwan

AquiSense Technologies participated in PIDA (Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association) a seminar on the future development and market applications for UV LEDs. Attending the event were international professionals from a variety of markets and industries. We're happy to be a leader in the development of this industry and provide disinfection to whole new applications.

UV-C LED Technology Plays Increasing Role in Key Aerospace Projects

AquiSense Technologies, the world leader in ultraviolet (UV) LED disinfection technology, has participated in ten distinct aerospace projects. In 2015 AquiSense was selected to participate in BIOWYSE, a Horizon 2020 project dedicated to designing and testing a water monitoring and treatment system for next-generation manned space stations. Since then, several other aerospace projects have looked for leading water treatment technology from AquiSense. These projects include product design and hardware supply to both private space companies, such as Bigelow Aerospace, Thales Alenia Space Italia, KBR Wyle, and Aero Sekur, and various NASA groups, including those at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center, and Marshall Space Flight Center. These projects range from keeping growth systems clean in space-bound greenhouses, to decreasing the maintenance burden from nuisance biofilm formation in enclosed systems, to disinfecting the water that astronauts drink on the International Space Station.

“We feel the driving factor for all of these projects is our leading knowledge of system design and the application of UV-C LEDs in unique environments,” said Rich Simons, Ph.D., Product Development Scientist at AquiSense Technologies Europe. “These types of applications are exciting for us as they drive innovation for our technology and allow us to better understand the possibilities and limits of UV-C LED disinfection,” concluded Dr. Simons.

PearlAqua Featured in UV LED Research

AquiSense's PearlAqua was featured in a recent issue of AWWA Water Science. The research article was written by our partners, Natalie Hull and Karl Linden who have been leaders in UV research. The article details the use of UV LEDs for water treatment while the LED system was put through a year long trail of challenging conditions. The research concluded that UV LEDs are a suitable solution for water treatment despite less ideal circumstances.

 

We are excited that our PearlAqua has been used as a flagship for UV LED trials and we hope that our vigorous tests and development of our products continues to drive the UV LED industry into the future of disinfection. 

 

Read more about this publication here.

AquiSense Hosts World Affairs Council for Sustainability Professionals

AquiSense Technologies hosted sustainability leaders from South and Central America on tour with Cincinnati's World Affaris Council. The AquiSense Americas Sales Team presented UV LED technology for the leaders who had questions on implimenting the technology in their home countries. During the conversation, several showed interest in integrating UV LED technology in current water dispensing systems for their communities. The sustainability leaders were engaged and interested in AquiSense's solution for clean water and are expected to continue the conversations in the coming months. Thanks to the World Affaris Council, AquiSenseTechnologies is better positioned to work with water treatment solutions for Latin American communities. 

NSF/ANSI 55 Standard Coming for UV LEDs

NSF International will soon have the NSF/ANSI 55 Ultraviolet Microbiological Water Treatment Systems standard specifically tailored to UV LED technology. We'd like the thank the team at NSF for pushing forward with the new standard. AquiSense's UV LED products are already in the certification process for listing later this summer. We are happy to have played a key role in this new standard and excited to eliminate industry confusion of this standard in the future!

Read more here.

World’s Smallest UV LED System Validated Following Established US-EPA Protocols Across All 5 Models  

AquiSense Technologies, the global leader in UV LED disinfection technology, became the world’s first UV LED supplier to be tested against US-EPA protocols for its PearlAqua Micro range. The PearlAqua Micro was verified by Hull Consulting, LLC in compliance with US-EPA microbiological performance protocols.  

 

The PearlAqua Micro is the world’s smallest UV system and has been the global leader in UV LED disinfection with thousands of installations this year alone. The PearlAqua Micro range offers benefits to the customer through LED current sensing and UV intensity monitoring as well as a variety of other design benefits specific only to AquiSense Technologies. The PearlAqua Micro is designed to be integrated at the point of use for superior disinfection, trusted by top brands around the world.  

 

AquiSense’s PearlAqua Micro is validated to US-EPA protocols to meet the microbiological performance with flow rates from 0.1 – 10.0 LPM. This validation provides Reduction Equivalent Dose (RED) allowing AquiSense to support customers selecting the right configuration for their application, flow rate, microbiological performance, and UV dose. AquiSense offers 5 models in the PearlAqua Micro range, all of which comply with required UV Dose standards set by the US-EPA.

 

“Validating our product line has been a key strategy for us to offer customers the most reliable and trusted information on the performance of our products,” said Jennifer Pagan, CTO of AquiSense Technologies. “We take validation and certification very seriously as the claims we make affect the health and safety of our customers. Being 3rd party tested according to standards set by the US-EPA is a prime example of our willingness to offer trusted performance. Pushing for validation that doesn’t exist only hurts the UV disinfection industry and causes confusion,” concluded Pagan.

Our CTO, Presents at Electrify NC 2019

Jennifer Pagan, PhD., Our CTO sat on a panel during the Electrify NC conference held in Raleigh, NC. The conference highlighted new technologies that offer provide a more energy efficient option compared to current technology. It was great to see all the hard work to make our world more advanced and productive.  

UV Dose Response Tool - PearlLab Beam™ Used in Hemoglobin Research  

Biophyll and M BioserviceS cooperated on an EU project for the development of an active hemoglobin, Act-O2-Hem. 

Animal-derived products as starting material for pharmaceutical or biotechnological products represent a considerable risk for viral contamination. Despite a careful source selection and traceability, the risk of transmitting a viral disease remains. Therefore, a viral inactivation step in the manufacturing process is essential for meeting the current quality and safety requirements. Research proved that Act-O2-Hem loses its functionality with traditional viral inactivation methods like Gamma irradiation, pH treatment, and heat inactivation. Therefore, an alternative, safe, and simple viral inactivation method was needed that did not affect Act-O2-Hem.

UV-C light is often used in water, air, and surface disinfection. UV-C light can also disinfect animal-derived products. Virus inactivation experiments were performed using the PearlLab Beam and results showed that UV-C light disinfected the Act-O2-Hem while not significantly affecting the functionality of Act-O2-Hem.

Learn more about this research here.

AquiSense Exhibits at WQA 2019

We are excited to be exhibiting at this year's WQA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, NV, April 24 & 25. We can be found at booth 1128 where you can see the latest projects we've been working on and learn about the advancement in UV LED technology.  

OASIS International and AquiSense Technologies Partnership Offers Global Clean Water Solutions

AquiSense Technologies, the world leader in UV LED disinfection technology, is proud to formally announce an exclusive new product platform for OASIS International, a leader in global drinking water solutions. The partnership provides OASIS International with AquiSense’s patented ultraviolet light emitting diode (UV-C LED) Water Treatment Technology for cleaner, safer water directly at the point of dispense.

 

AquiSense and OASIS have been engaged in close co-operation for over a year in a detailed joint development effort to deliver the QUASAR™, a unique, highly integrated UV LED solution.  The QUASAR platform offers a high-level microbial disinfection barrier directly at the point of discharge for multiple OASIS products, including; water coolers, fountains, bottle fillers, and point of use dispensers. The solution has been 3rd party validated to show over 99.99% (4-log) pathogen reduction, in addition to long-term customer field trials.

 

OASIS International is globally recognized as a leader of water coolers and point-of-use filtration equipment. With solutions available in over 80 countries and several brand names, OASIS provides the world with safe and clean drinking water.     

 

“This partnership signifies a step change from regional product integration, to widely-available, global product availability for UV-C LED technology,” said Oliver Lawal, AquiSense CEO. “We are excited about this new partnership and we are happy to provide the latest chemical-free water treatment technology to OASIS customers,” concluded Mr. Lawal.

 

“Our QUASAR product line is key to our green initiatives here at OASIS International. The QUASAR integrates into our Electronic Bottle Filler products which provides clean drinking water. We have been driven by sustainability and water purity for our entire 109-year history, the introduction of AquiSense products continues this mission drive,” said Lou Busick, OASIS International VP Innovation & New Product Development.

Published Article in UV Solutions Magazine

We're excited to be part of the premiere issue of UV Solutions magazine, the new publication of the International Ultraviolet Association. Read our latest insights on UV LEDs here.

AquiSense Technologies Presents at UV+EB Big Ideas Conference

This week our North American Sales Manager, Molly McManus, presented on the UV disinfection market for food safety at the UV+EB Big Ideas Conference in Redondo Beach, California. It was great to meet everyone at the conference and talk about the latest technology applications for food safety. If you were unable to attend please contact us to learn more: info@aquisense.com 

PearlAqua Micro™ Shows the Robust Features of UV LEDs

AquiSense is proud to release the latest PearlAqua Micro design as the most robust UV system in the world. We decided to showcase this by having some fun. 

Apart from the physical durability of the system, the device is also tested at up to 300 psi

AquiSense Technologies Wins GHP Biotechnology Award

We are proud to be selected as winners of the Global Health & Pharma (GHP) Biotechnology Awards 2019. GHP is a global information sharing platform & a multi-disciplinary members community focused on human, animal, and environmental health. The GHP Biotechnology Awards cover a variety of verticals, including bio-agriculture, bio-services, bio-industrial, and bio-pharmaceutical. AquiSense was named of the Best Water Disinfection Technology Provider - USA. Read more here.

CTO of AquiSense Wins Two Awards 

We are very proud of our CTO, Jennifer Pagan, Ph.D. for winning two awards in the last few weeks. She was named the winner of The Best IUVA News Article during last week's IUVA World Congress in Sydney, Australia. You can read the IIUVA News Article that won the award here. Jennifer was also named one of The Mecklenburg Times 50 Most Influential Women of 2019 in her Hometown of Charlotte NC.

AquiSense Technologies Announces New UV Research Tools

AquiSense Technologies is proud to announce the PearlLab™ product line, the latest in ultraviolet (UV) research products offering advanced tools for the future of scientific studies. Adding on to the existing PearlLab Beam™ product, which is used to determine UV Dose response data, AquiSense has launched three new products to assist researchers. The PearlLab Micro™ is a flow-through or batch operation tool with interchangeable UV wavelengths on a convenient USB pluggable format. The PearlLab ThinFilm™ is designed for disinfection for low UV Transmittance (UVT) or high UV Dose applications. The PearlLab Plasma™ enables research below 230 nanometers without the use of mercury vapor lamps.

The new PearlLab product line offers researchers access to the latest in UV-C LED and plasma lamp technology. “UV LED technology continues to develop at a rapid pace and these tools allow researchers to develop applications in fields previously thought impenetrable for UV technology,” said AquiSense CTO, Jennifer Pagan.

AquiSense Presents and Exhibits at IUVA World Congress 2019

The AquiSense team had a great time attending and participating at the IUVA World Congress 2019 in Sydney, Australia. We were able to present on five topics that created some interesting conversations at the conference. While exhibiting, we introduced new research tools that help further the UV disinfection field. We would like to thank all the researchers who presented at the conference; it was humbling to see all the research our products have been a part of in the last few years. We are excited to be a part of the advancement of UV technology.

Below are the five topics we presented:

 

UV-C LED Implementation Strategies for Water Disinfection Systems: The Need for Minimum Standards

 

UV Applications in Healthcare

 

New Solutions: An Overview of New Disinfection Applications Enabled by UV-C LEDs

 

Small Technology, Big Aspirations: How LEDs Could Revolutionize Municipal Treatment

 

Beyond EEO: Defining the Fluence Efficiency of Direct UV Photoreactors

AquiSense's PearlAqua Featured in Water Research Publication 

Our PearlAqua was recently used in a wastewater treatment study on the viability of UV LEDs for low-income communities. We are excited and honored to be part of this research and we hope our technology can continue to become a mainstay in real-world solutions for disinfection. 

  

Read the publication here

AquiSense Technologies Announces R&D Agreement with US EPA and Washington University to Further Advance UV LED Disinfection System Development

AquiSense Technologies is proud to announce a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Washington University, and AquiSense Technologies. Through the CRADA partnership, AquiSense is working with US EPA researchers at the National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC) and the Department of Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, to design, fabricate, and test an integrated water treatment system incorporating advanced ultraviolet light emitting diode (UV LED) disinfection and filtration technologies. The integrated device will target higher flow rates and more challenging water qualities than currently available commercial systems. The NHSRC is particularly interested in rugged and quickly deployable emergency water treatment systems capable of providing safe water following natural and man-made incidents.

 

“We are excited to participate in this development agreement as it showcases patented AquiSense technology and allows the expansion of UV LED disinfection technology to new application areas including; small community water and wastewater systems and a variety of industrial solutions,” said AquiSense CEO, Oliver Lawal. “Since the formation of AquiSense, we have focused on establishing ourselves as a market leader by engineering innovative UV-C LED based systems. The agreement we have announced today further reinforces our ability to maintain this leadership position as our UV-C LED technologies will be optimized for more challenging water treatment scenarios”.

 

In addition to today’s announcement, AquiSense is currently participating in many other innovative research collaborations. The supply of cutting-edge UV-C LED research equipment like the PearlLab Beam™ collimated beam device, is enabling over 40 laboratories globally to advance the application science of many critical human and environmental projects. Notable close co-operation of field studies with separate groups at University of Colorado at Boulder and Dalhousie University, add to the Biocontamination Integrated Control for Wet Systems for Space Exploration (BIOWYSE) project, that aims to address biocontamination issues on the International Space Station (ISS).

 

Watch the CRADA video: https://www.epa.gov/sciencematters/epa-researchers-partner-waterstep-deliver-clean-water-during-emergencies

 

Learn more about EPA NHSRC: http://www.epa.gov/homeland-security-research

AquiSense's PearlAqua Featured in Water Research Publication 

Our PearlAqua was recently used in a wastewater treatment study on the viability of UV LEDs for low-income communities. We are excited and honored to be part of this research and we hope our technology can continue to become a mainstay in real-world solutions for disinfection. 

  

Read the publication here

AquiSense Presents and Exhibits at IUVA World Congress 2019

The AquiSense team had a great time attending and participating at the IUVA World Congress 2019 in Sydney, Australia. We were able to present on five topics that created some interesting conversations at the conference. While exhibiting, we introduced new research tools that help further the UV disinfection field. We would like to thank all the researchers who presented at the conference; it was humbling to see all the research our products have been a part of in the last few years. We are excited to be a part of the advancement of UV technology.

Below are the five topics we presented:

 

UV-C LED Implementation Strategies for Water Disinfection Systems: The Need for Minimum Standards

 

UV Applications in Healthcare

 

New Solutions: An Overview of New Disinfection Applications Enabled by UV-C LEDs

 

Small Technology, Big Aspirations: How LEDs Could Revolutionize Municipal Treatment

 

Beyond EEO: Defining the Fluence Efficiency of Direct UV Photoreactors

AquiSense Technologies Announces Price Reduction on PearlAqua Product Lines

Pearlaqua UV LED water purifier

AquiSense Technologies continues to lead the UV-C LED disinfection industry by announcing a price reduction to their award-winning PearlAqua™ and PearlAqua OEM™ models. Since its introduction in 2012, the PearlAqua has been AquiSense’s flagship product, utilizing advanced UV-C Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to provide pathogen reduction by up to 99.99%. The PearlAqua was a first-to-market product in this sector and has been the benchmark for price/performance evaluations of all other products since. In addition, its patent-pending replaceable UVinaire® lamp module, is a game changer for users, providing true plug-and-play operation.

 

Today’s reduction in price makes AquiSense’s award-winning systems more cost-effective, bringing pricing in line with conventional mercury-based UV systems. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” says AquiSense Technologies CEO Oliver Lawal. “Early adopters of our systems were attracted by the unique benefits of UV-C LEDs and the slick design, meaning they were deployed in places where traditional mercury-based systems could not be utilized. A price reduction further enhances an already compelling value proposition and will lead to further market penetration of UV-C LED technologies,” concluded Lawal.

 

The price reduction was made possible by a variety of factors including increasing purchasing power with suppliers and the establishment of new automation in its manufacturing facilities. Since launching the PearlAqua, both the UV-C LED device market and the PearlAqua design have progressed. “In making today’s announcement, it’s clear that we have benefited from our first-mover status in developing product refinements and greater production volumes,” said Wes Morin, VP Operations.

AquiSense Technologies Presents at ICES 2018

AquiSense recently presented at the 48th International Conference on Environmental Systems in Albuquerque. This international conference is focused on topics related to humans living in space and working in extreme environments. The presentation focused on how UV-C LED disinfection technologies can address biocontamination in an enclosed self-sustaining environment. A copy of the presentation can be found here: 

Low-Maintenance, Consumables-Free Disinfection by UV-C LEDs

Program Development Scientist, Rich Simons, PhD

This topic is also discussed in the application section of our web site and in this WQP article.

Water Conditioning and Purification Magazine Publishes our Vision of the Future of UV-C LED technology

We recently published an article that highlights what we believe to be the future, as well as a current snapshot of innovative applications of UV-C LED disinfection. As we move forward with new applications we continue to be amazed at the ingenuity and collaboration our R&D team has with our customer's unique needs.

  

Read the article here 

AquiSense Technologies involved in ICULTA-2018 Berlin

AquiSense attended the UV LED Technologies & Applications Joint Conference by ADVANCED UV FOR LIFE and International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA). The international conference took place in Berlin, April 22-25, 2018. We are proud to be exhibitors and sponsors of this conference as it showcases our primary objective - the advancement of UV disinfection through UV-C LEDs. 

 

Our team was happy to have two presentations at the Berlin ICULTA-2018. If you were unable to attend, we've made these presentations available to you here:

 

UV LED Disinfection Systems - The Last 10 Years to the Next 10 Years

President and CEO, Oliver Lawal

Added Value or Operational Imperative? Water Disinfection in Vehicular Systems

Program Development Scientist, Rich Simons

 

The presentation by Oliver is also discussed in an article that we recently prepared for IUVA News. You can read the full article here.

UV LED Disinfectio Systems presentation at IUVA

AquiSense Technologies Exhibits at WQA 2018

Our team will be exhibiting at the Denver WQA Convention this week. We will be highlighting the advances we've made in the last year in UV-C LED technology, including our PearlAqua Micro™, the world's smallest UV water disinfection system. Stop by our booth to learn more - #301. 

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