FARGO — Blue Water Resolute Innovations is putting the heat to the coronavirus.
BWR Innovations, 3471 S. University Drive, working with Element 1, US Hybrid, and Mosebach, has developed a line of small mobile hydrogen fuel cell generators for flexible, discreet, indoor, or industrial use, according to BWR’s corporate white paper. These were initially developed for heat sanitation of bed bugs in hotel rooms, allowing for a clean, portable energy cart to sanitize one room at a time without impacting adjoining rooms. Now they can be used in the ongoing fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the challenges facing the hospital and health care industry in the U.S., and one of the critical issues is the sanitization of contaminated rooms, to kill viruses and bacteria, to assure the protection of the hospital staff and patients.
BWR's mobile units can be adjusted to create an increased heat level that will sanitize hospital rooms, reusable personal protection equipment, patient equipment and other facilities that have been contaminated by the COVID-19 virus, according to the company.
“We can create a 60℃ room environment for a minimum of 30 minutes, which is the recommended temperature limit to sanitize for most viruses and bacteria,” reads the white paper.
As a supplemental and second level of sanitation, the BWR solution will include a simultaneous ultraviolet sanitation of the room, using ultraviolet light, powered by the same fuel cell generator. UV light pulsing is a proven sanitation method for a wide range of bacteria and viruses, according to BWR. Using both heat and UV is a complementary solution that increases the overall level of sanitation.
“This process can sanitize a single room with the equipment/furniture in the room,” reads the white paper. “Another application is to isolate a room that will be used for ‘ongoing’ sanitation of PPE and patient equipment. This entire procedure will take 60-90 minutes and provide a thorough cleansing of the room and equipment in the room. These generators use hydrogen (sourced from a methanol/water feedstock) to create consistent electricity to provide heating, ultraviolet light and mobile power. BWR hydrogen fuel cell generators are compact, efficient, low maintenance, quiet, clean energy.”
BWR Innovation's work, which includes fuel cell technology research, focuses on everything from improving car engines to killing bed bugs.