Recently, Panasonic Vietnam Company said: In a study in cooperation with Texcell Global Contact Research Organization, Texcell has verified the effectiveness of inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 virus of Nanoe ™ X, technology Japanese electronics company is integrating in many of its devices from refrigerators, hair dryers to air purifiers and air conditioners.
Nanoe ™ X (word compound “nano“,”electricity“and the X series of products) is a technology that uses electrodes that discharge high voltage into water vapor, to produce water particles 5-20 nm in size containing OH radicals. They are so strong that they can attack and inactivate viruses when exposed to them.
In test results published by Panasonic, a Nanoe ™ X transmitter in a 45-liter sealed box was confirmed to be 99.99% inhibitory from SARS-CoV-2 virus after 2 hours. work.
SARS-CoV-2 is the official name for the corona virus that is causing the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. “Testing by Texcell Global Exposure Research has confirmed that receiving nanoe ™ X technology has an inhibitory effect on this virus “, Panasonic’s press release said.
However, the company also emphasized: “This verification is done for the purpose of creating basic research data on the effects of nanoe ™ X on the new corona virus under laboratory conditions different from that of normal living space. Do not use. to evaluate product performance.“.
Nanoe ™ X technology
Nanoe ™ X is the latest Nanoe technology developed by Panasonic since 1997, aimed at creating nano water particles containing OH base. OH radicals are an inherent component in the natural atmosphere, produced in the atmosphere by the reaction between sunlight and water and terpenes (compounds secreted by plants) or between terpenes and oxzone.
With their strong oxidizing ability, the OH radicals in the atmosphere can remove some greenhouse gases such as methane or ozone, inactivate viruses, pathogenic bacteria, neutralize flower cells, and mold-causing spores. and allergies. For this reason, OH radicals are also referred to as “Detergents“of the troposphere.
However, atmospheric OH radicals do not work well with indoor air. Natural OH radicals also have a very short lifespan, they only last less than 1 second. With the idea of bringing OH radicals into indoor air and extending their lifecycle, Panasonic has developed the Nanoe product line that produces OH-based water particles to take advantage of their superior capabilities.
Panasonic introduces Nanoe X technology
The Nanoe ™ X is a high-voltage discharge device consisting of four opposite electrodes (in an X-shape). It collects water vapor from indoor air and then discharges it through these steam droplets, creating an electrolytic and ionizing reaction. The water particles will be split down to the size from 5-20 nm, containing billions of OH radicals.
In an interview with NTX, Mr. Takehiko Ryu, Regional Director for Southeast Asia and Oceania and Panasonic Asia CEO, said the Nanoe ™ X device can generate more than 4.8 trillion. Root OH per second and increase their lifespan by 10 minutes.
With its high concentration and long life time in the air, Nanoe ™ X is said to be able to purify the air as well as clean indoor surfaces. “(Water particles) nanoe ™ X can even penetrate fabrics like curtains, blinds, rugs, as well as hard surfaces like our furniture to block harmful substances, keep us and healthy and safe loved ones“said Mr. Takehiko Ryu.
Inhibits 99.99% of SARS-CoV-2 virus for 2 hours
In 2012, Panasonic said it had verified the inhibitory effect of Nanoe ™ X against agents including fungi, bacteria and viruses. Their latest study in 2020 was conducted with Texcell to confirm whether the OH-based nanoparticles were inhibitory to the SARS-CoV-2 virus causing the COVID-19 pandemic.
Texcell is a global research organization specializing in virus testing, virus removal, immunization, research and development, or GMP cell banking, for R&D projects. With over 30 years of experience and based at the Paris Pasteur Institute, Texcell is recognized for its expertise in virus detection with a wide range of procedures for detecting potential agents.
Nanoe ™ X tests with SARS-CoV-2 were performed in a closed laboratory environment. Panasonic’s device is placed at a height of 15 cm in the test space with a capacity of only 45 liters. A pre-injected swab of SARS-CoV-2 virus solution was placed in a Petri dish to come in contact with OH-based nanoparticles emitted by Nanoe ™ X at different intervals.
The Panasonic press release said that after 2 hours, 99.99% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the gauze was inhibited. Texcell uses a set of viral infection criteria to make conclusions about this inhibition rate.
Conducted in a standard test environment, Panasonic said this test “not designed to evaluate performance in uncontrolled living spaces “. Therefore, it only makes sense to confirm that Nanoe ™ X can inhibit the SARS-CoV-2 virus, not to evaluate the performance of products currently integrating this technology on the market.
“Panasonic will continue to exploit the potential of nanoe ™ X technology to tackle air pollution-related issues such as new pathogenic microorganisms to provide a healthy, safe and comfortable living environment. people all over the world “, the company said.