World's first antimicrobial copper air conditioner
International Copper Association says AC is of great relevance to ME
The world’s first antimicrobial copper air conditioner has been launched in association with the International Copper Association.
Ravinder Bhan, principal consultant of TPS Management Consultants and local representatives for International Copper Association, said the introduction of the world’s first antimicrobial copper air-conditioner will be of great relevance to the Middle East region, where the use of air-conditioners is a way of life.
“The antimicrobial properties of copper are fast gaining the attraction of policy makers, especially in the healthcare sector,” said Bhan.
“It will significantly enhance the quality of the air we breathe, and add to the overall well-being in addition to enhancing energy use efficiency and reducing power bills. We are confident that the new air-conditioner will find wide acceptance in the region.”
The antimicrobial copper air conditioner was launched in Beijing by the Chinese air conditioning giant Chigo.
HVAC system components operate in warm, dark, humid environments that are ideal breeding grounds for contamination that causes odours and can inhibit system efficiency. Laboratory testing has shown that copper materials can inhibit the growth of these organisms.
After 24 hours of exposure to copper surfaces, total die off was observed in several common mould species, and the commonly-used aluminium had no effect on any of the fungi.
Compared to other models of the same capacity with the current highest EER grade (3.6), it could save up to 56% more energy.
This practical implementation builds on laboratory work by University of Southampton researcher Professor Bill Keevil assessing the effectiveness of copper as an antifungal surface for air-conditioning systems, and is a tremendous advance for both Antimicrobial Copper implementation, and innovation in HVAC.