BWR Innovations and technology firms partner to develop a thermal sanitation unit effective against viruses and bacteria

April 14, 2020

Blue Water Resolute (BWR) Innovations has developed a line of small, mobile, fuel cell generator sanitation systems that combine heat with UV-C light to inactivate a full spectrum of biological contaminants, including viruses, bacteria, and fungi, leaving no residue or lingering odor. 

Compared to hand cleaning alone, these heaters will provide more uniform sanitization coverage and significantly less risk of material compatibility issues. 

“BWR Innovations has developed a novel approach to sanitize facilities and equipment, including critical Physical Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers in hospitals and care facilities”, according to Dr. Joel Jorgenson, the CEO and founder of BWR Innovations. “We have mobile fuel cell energy carts that can deliver up to 10kW of immediate power, providing energy to heat a designated room to 60℃ (140℉), which has proven to inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus.” 

The Fuel Cell Thermal Sanitizer developed by BWR effectively integrates components derived from multiple technologies, some of which are highly proprietary: 

·       Hydrogen generators which produce ultra-pure hydrogen for fuel cell utilization

·        Fuel cells which utilize hydrogen to generate electricity and thermal energy

·        Resistive heaters which convert electricity to thermal energy for primary thermal sanitization

·        UV-C light for secondary sanitization

·        Telemetry allowing remote operation and monitoring 

The fuel cells create electricity for electric heaters, UV-C lights, and air distribution fans. The portable thermal sanitation design produces up to 20kW of heat to sanitize facilities and equipment from viruses and bacteria, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This amount of heat exceeds the normal electrical capacity of buildings, requiring a new type of power source. Utilizing hydrogen produced on-site allows the fuel cell generator to deliver the electrical power necessary to sanitize, independent of the power constraints in place at a given location. 

“The technology being incorporated by BWR and its partners is proven and commercial ready,” said Dr. Jorgenson, “We are working diligently to bring thermal sanitation to market. There is a tremendous need globally for a cost effective, reliable sanitization unit that can operate entirely independent of the available power grid and building infrastructure.” 

A copy of the BWR Innovations white paper on thermal sanitation may be found at: 

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