AgriAir Purification Technologies
When dealing with medical and food-grade products, it is extremely important to maintain a sanitized production environment to prevent reduction, rejection or complete loss of your valuable crops. AgriAir machines utilize a photo-catalytic oxidation (PCO) process that take advantage of UV-C Germicidal lights and Hepa Filtration to sanitize air and hard surfaces and remove or destroy even sub-micron sized contaminants such as pathogens, pollen, mold and mildew spores from your indoor grow or processing facility. This purification process also removes odors before they can be emitted to the outside, protecting you from regulation penalties and giving away your growing location.
Our line of equipment combines a number of technologies to produce the most efficient, safe and economical compliance solutions for commercial indoor cannabis growing operations.
Photo-Catalytic Oxidation (PCO) – Kills Odors and Contaminants
AgriAir purifiers utilize an advanced photo-catalytic oxidation (PCO) process to remove bio-contaminants and strong cannabis odors in commercial grow areas. This exclusive oxidation process utilizes dual wavelength UV elements that are targeted onto a tri-metallic catalyst surface. This surface is coated with a proprietary TiO2, Ag, Cu, and hydrophilic coating. UV energy (254nm) striking the target surface activates production of hydroxyl radicals, super oxide ions, and ionized hydro-peroxides (IHP) on the generator cell surface. The hydrophilic surface absorbs humidity from the air which is split into OH radicals in the advanced oxidation process.
The dual wavelength lamp also emits UV energy at 185 nm. The photon energy at this wavelength is sufficient to split oxygen molecules. These ozone molecules are then reduced back to oxygen by the 254 nm UV energy that is also emitted from the UV element (another type of advanced oxidation reaction). The results from this reaction process also produce OH· radicals, super-oxide ions and ionized hydro-peroxides (IHP) similar to the surface reactions discussed earlier.
As you can see, not only is the target surface active, but so is the air space between the target and the UV element. PCO not only treats the air passing over the cell with germicidal UV light, it also continues to treat the surrounding environment with additional ionized hydro-peroxides and super-oxides. This purification process is very effective at reducing both microbes and odors, something conventional UV systems cannot do.
These powerful oxidizers destroy microbes, pathogens and other volatile organic compounds by changing their molecular structure and rendering them harmless. The lifespan of generated oxides is about 15 minutes, after which the unused oxides convert back to H2O and O2 leaving and fresh smelling. This purification process is designed to continuously sanitize your grow area – 24/7.
High-efficiency particulate air or HEPA is a type of air filter that has many applications including use in medical facilities, food processing and labs where sterility is essential . HEPA air machines are used to clean the air as well as create positive or negative air pressure containment areas in confined spaces.
Indoor grow environments require air purity equal to that in food processing and medical labs to pass the increasing number of tests and regulations being applied in states that have legalized cannabis. HEPA filters must satisfy standards of efficiency such as those set by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) and must remove 99.97% of all particles greater than 0.3 micrometers from the air passing through the filter. They, in fact, remove 99.99% of the contaminants that growers are most concerned about.
Today’s cannabis users expect high quality and good taste so any hint of the foul taste of mold will launch a negative social media campaign that you don’t want. HEPA filtration is an effective method for removing mold spores, pathogens and pollen from the air and preventing cross-pollination or contamination of your plants.
UV-C Germicidal Irradiation
UV germicidal irradiation is an air disinfection method that uses ultraviolet (UV) light at sufficiently short wavelengths to kill microorganisms and is an integral component of the air purifying PCO process. In recent years UVGI has found renewed application in medical air sanitation and sterile work facilities such as cannabis grow operations. UVGI is effective in destroying the nucleic acids in micro-organisms, disrupting their DNA and leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. Using UVGI in grow environments with circulating air systems creates a deadly effect on micro-organisms such as pathogens, viruses and other pesky invaders.