The solution from Swiss company Ionair uses the principle of bipolar ionisation and a pilot in one of SSE’s offices has already seen improved air quality metrics.
SSE Enterprise has secured a deal with Swiss company Ionair that will enable it to bring an innovative air purification technology to buildings in the UK and Ireland.
The technology, which can be retrofitted into a building’s existing air handling unit, uses the principle of bipolar ionisation to improve internal air quality in mechanically ventilated buildings.
SSE claims a pilot installation in one of its offices has already demonstrated a significant improvement across several air quality metrics.
Independent studies have highlighted that bipolar ionisation can markedly decrease the concentration of contaminants in indoor air, lowering the risk of respiratory infections and creating a far healthier breathing experience.
The Ionair system dynamically monitors and controls any residual ozone generation, a natural byproduct of the ionisation process.
As organisations enter a difficult winter period because of the spread of Covid-19 and economies are struggling to recover, the need to reassure workers of a safer working environment is crucial, particularly at a time when flu outbreaks also occur.
SSE Enterprise’s distributed energy business has secured the exclusive deal covering the UK and Ireland to sell and install the product range offered by Ionair into buildings, such as offices, airports, shopping malls, care homes, hotels, sports facilities and more.
“We are approaching that time of year where coughs and colds begin to surface, so we want to help our customers reduce the risk of infection in their buildings. It is important that any return to work is as safe as possible”
In a statement,the company said Ionair’s air quality system has shown to reduce odours by around 50 per cent, germs, bacteria, fungi and pollen by more than 95 per cent, fine particles by 30 per cent to 50 per cent, and several other airborne pathogens by more than 90 per cent.
When complementing its Mayflower Smart City Platform, SSE said the Ionair system enables the company to offer a fully funded solution which can combine significant air quality improvements with a suite of smart building options.
Kostas Papadopoulos, head of smart cities solutions development at SSE Enterprise, said: “We have decided to back this tried and tested technology, working with a high quality manufacturer, not only because we truly believe that it is superior to all other air purification options currently on offer, but also because the pilot installation in one of our offices in England has demonstrated a dramatic improvement across several air quality metrics.
“We are approaching that time of year where coughs and colds begin to surface, so we want to help our customers reduce the risk of infection in their buildings. It is important that any return to work is as safe as possible. We want this technology to provide reassurance to businesses and their employees that they are working in a healthier indoor environment, known to improve wellbeing, productivity and comfort.”
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