The current Covid-19 pandemic is reaching more and more regions, countries and tens of thousands of new patients worldwide daily. Even though the situation in Europe seems to be under control at the moment a second wave of infections may be experienced in autumn / winter this year and a second lock-down would be financially unbearable for most of the European countries and societies. Strategies and countermeasures to deal with the current Covid-19 virus pandemic and other future threatening pandemics have to be developed urgently. One possible way to decrease the infection rates is to reduce and eliminate the number of viruses in the air. Especially indoors this is crucial due to the fact that most of the infections during the current pandemic were caused by a high virus load in enclosed areas. A virus is most commonly carried by particles and/or aerosols and an ionization of the carrying airborne particles and a subsequent deposition on a counter electrode will help to reduce the viral load in confined spaces.
Project CleanAir relates therefore to the application of an innovative spatially extended electrode design for air decontamination. This unique technology, which is based on an array of thousands of ionizing microelectrodes has already been pre-tested in prototypes for powerful electrostatic decontamination and particle removal from air and it does not produce any harmful substances such as ozone.