Covid-19 fight: DRDO develops UV Disinfection Tower

Covid-19 fight: DRDO develops UV Disinfection Tower

New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an Ultra Violet (UV) Disinfection Tower for quick, chemical-free sanitization of high infection prone areas, vital for containing the Covid-19 spread.

The ‘UV Blaster’ is designed and developed by Laser Science & Technology Centre (LASTEC), the Delhi-based laboratory of India’s premier defence research facility.

“The equipment can be used for quick sanitization of places frequented by people in large numbers such airports, shopping malls, metros, hotels, factories, offices etc. It can be also used for disinfecting high tech surfaces like electronic equipment, computers and other gadgets in laboratories and offices that cannot be sanitized with chemical methods,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

The UV based area sanitiser may be used by remote operation through laptop or mobile phone using wi-fi link. The equipment has six lamps each with 43 watts of UV-C power at 254 nm wavelength for 360 degree illumination. For a room of about 12 x 12 feet dimension, the disinfection time is just 10 minutes and 30 minutes for 400 square feet area.

The sanitiser gets automatically switched off upon accidental opening of room or human intervention.

The DRDO has contributed much to the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic by developing products such as Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory, cost-effective ventilators, personal protective equipment kits and mobile medical oxygen plants among others.

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