Sanitizing the boat is an issue that has gained momentum in recent weeks, for obvious reasons. What not everyone knows, however, is that there is an Italian company, Bcool Engineering, which has been specializing in thermal comfort and air quality for several years now, aboard vessels.
Underlying the sanitization process is a naturally occurring, NASA-patented principle (the very one from the shuttles) that was initially used to sanitize environments for aerospace missions. Today it is used aboard boats to sanitize and eliminate bacteria, viruses, molds and fungi that are also the cause of bad odors.
Bcool Engineering: sanitizes the boat naturally
Bcool’s product technology mimics and reproduces what occurs in nature through photocatalysis, a process that through the combined action of the sun’s UV rays, moisture in the air and certain naturally occurring noble metals, generates oxidizing ions capable of destroying most pollutants and toxins.
Specifically, the modules contained in Bcool Engineering products generate a photochemical reaction that binds an additional molecule of oxygen (O) to the pre-existing molecules of hydrogen and oxygen from the moisture in the air (H2O), thus generating hydrogen peroxide in minute quantities, which possesses a very high efficacy in destroying microbial load both in the air and on surfaces.
For ordinary boaters, one can say that they are modules, called Dustfree, that produce, in a 100% natural way, PAC-MAN-style molecules (the celebrated digital game born in the 1980s) that “eat” viruses and bacteria. Thus, these products are able to break down bacterial and viral loads.
It is a 100% natural process
However, do not imagine harmful chemicals. How does he do that? This technology mimics and reproduces what happens in nature: the interaction of an air stream (which contributes H2O molecules), with a special UV lamp (which mimics the sun’s rays) and a catalytic structure consisting of TiO2 and other naturally occurring noble metals initiates the generation of oxidizing ions and hydrogen peroxide molecules (as described above), which carried by the air stream reach and sanitize the air and surfaces with which they come in contact.
What products are there?
There are stand-alone products and products created to be accessories to other systems.
Here is the complete list.
Active sanitizer for Webasto air heaters
Built-in active sanitizer
Active sanitizer for flexible pipe dia. 100, 125 and 150mm
Fan boxes 160 and 400 mc/h with active sanitizer
MMVS 80, 160 and 320 mc/h
Modules for integration into air handling units