What an Indian scientist created as an answer for his son’s bronchial asthma a couple of a long time again has spawned itself into a brand new answer to deal with indoor air pollution. Molekule’s PECO expertise, based mostly on Dr Yogi Goswami’s work within the US, has now been launched in India.
“What my father did was take a look at a photo voltaic groundwater purification expertise that he was engaged on on the Tyndall Air Pressure Base in Florida, and the way he may apply that to air purification,” explains Jaya Rao, co-founder and CEO of Molekule. Her brother Dilip Goswami, to remedy whose bronchial asthma Dr Goswami stared engaged on an indoor air air purifier, is now President and CTO of this family-run firm.
Rao explains that whereas most firms attempt to seize the air and purify the particles in it, Molekule’s strategy is to destroy, breaking down the chemical pollution as an alternative of bodily capturing them. “The issue is if you happen to don’t destroy or chemically convert them successfully, you may create dangerous byproducts. And because of this my father spent 20 years in analysis how do you crack that code at that microscopic stage, how do you truly break aside the chemical bonds of those pollution,” she explains Dr Goswami’s distinctive Photograph Electrochemical Oxidation (PECO) expertise that makes this firm’s air purifiers completely different.
Rao agrees that it’s a dangerous proposition releasing issues that “attempt to break down the pollution” and that’s the reason their strategy is to do that throughout the system. “Like the standard seize expertise, now we have a filter, however we coat our filter with a catalyst. When that catalyst sees mild from LEDs inside the system, it creates a chemical response on the floor of the filter. In order we’re capturing issues on the filter we’re additionally breaking them down on the filter,” Rao explains. “That’s basically what makes it safer since you are protecting this response contained to your filter and never releasing it into the air.”
Molekule’s air purifiers then launch this cleaned air into the room. “Now we have designed the product with a 360-degree air consumption… that permits us to take air from all sides after which we eject via the highest again into the room,” she says, including that usually it takes about 40 minutes to scrub and recirculate the air in a room.
Rao says her purifiers are capable of do what others can’t and that’s breaking down the chemical pollution and never simply seize the mud and the particulate matter. She says the sensors in typical purifiers solely seize the particles it may see and also you want laboratory-grade sensors to see something smaller than PM2.5, and her product is healthier off as a result of it simply breaks down all the gamut of pollution whether or not is it small or not.
Rao agrees that the air purification business “performs with smoke and mirrors” usually as it is vitally exhausting to convey out the science and the rigour to this area. ”So our largest answer to that’s to go to the science to publish exams to work with among the high nationwide laboratories the world over in testing this in opposition to an entire vary of pollution, be it viruses, be it chemical pollution. One factor that’s actually essential to us as an organization is we’re totally clear with these exams so anyone can learn these check experiences. There’s nothing to cover.”
Began in 2015, Molekule now has 134 individuals. Their first product was launched in 2017. “Now we have been rising actually strongly within the US and totally on the energy of our buyer expertise so a whole lot of that’s via phrase of mouth.”
Rao says it is vital for them to launch in India, due to her household’s roots. She is assured the product will probably be profitable in India the place together with extreme air pollution ranges, the purifiers additionally need to cope with mud.
Whereas the corporate has introduced its Air Mini to Indian at Rs 37,999, it does have a much bigger product line. “Total your product portfolio spans about 5 merchandise proper now. PECO is the platform expertise and might exist in many various embodiments.”