Energy Harness Corp., which has an office in the
Purdue Research Park of Indianapolis, created a device that attaches
to ceiling grids and uses UVC light to clean and circulate air.
“We have demonstrated and studies have shown the effectiveness of
UVC light in killing the COVID-2 family of pathogens,” said Patricio
M. Daneri, managing director of Energy’s Midwest division. “Our
Active Airflow unit provides the added advantage of safe usage
during the school day in occupied classrooms. The unit has a fan
system to draw in the air, where it is cleaned and then cycled back
into the room.”
Daneri said the team created the technology by applying its
expertise in LED lighting and their familiarity with school clients.
The device uses patented technology.
“We wanted to help because we know schools can be great at
disinfecting surfaces and areas, but they may not have the same
options to clean the air,” Daneri said.
Energy is working to have the technology installed and ready for the
school year for Beech Grove City Schools and Franklin Township
Community School Corporation, both located in central Indiana.
“We have had success working with the Energy Harness team before and
are excited about this new technology product to help keep our
community safe,” said Tom Gearhart, director of operations for the
Beech Grove City Schools.
Daneri said some schools may be able to use special federal and
state funding during the pandemic to help cover the costs of the
technology. More information is available by emailing
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[Writer: Chris Adam
Source: Patricio M. Daneri]