‘AIRBUBBL’ FILTERS MORE THAN 95 PERCENT OF AIRBORNE VIRUSES
AirLabs has developed ‘AirBubbl’ filters for use in driver cabins. According to the manufacturer these filters should filter out more than 95 percent of airborne viruses and contaminated particulate matter and floods the vehicle with over 30,000 litres of clean air every hour across its entire operational fleet as part of a COVID-19 safety drive.
The system is installed by UK-based regional bus operator Warrington’s Own Buses in its busfleet. AirLabs, which was founded in 2014, is also developing related technology – AiroSafe – which it says will create a “personal air space” for every passenger seat.
Following the receipt of a USD 100,000 grant from Barclays and Unreasonable Impact, the American company AirLabs is also working to bring its second technology, AiroSafe, to market for use in the passenger cabins of public transport services, including buses, coaches and trains. The company aims to install the first passenger protection units with partners by October this year. The grants were awarded to ten organisations to support entrepreneurial solutions that are addressing immediate and long-term challenges resulting from the pandemic.
AirBubbl is designed to work in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces and uses multi-direction air flow jets to flood the area with clean air and protect the driver. AiroSafe has been developed specifically to work in a large multi-occupancy compartment.
AirLabs has published a whitepaper on reducing exposure to airborne viruses using air filtration systems.