NEWS RELEASE (Rockville, MD) –Air-purification technology company Agentis Air will present a paper on variable-MERV electrostatic air filtration during the 2023 ASHRAE Winter Conference, February 4-8. The company will also demonstrate the underlying Advanced Particle Removal Technology (APART™) at the AHR Expo, February 6-8 (Booth C7805). Both take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
See the Agentis Air AHR Expo Profile here.
In the face of the serious and wide-ranging threat presented by airborne pathogens and poor indoor air quality, the common HVAC solution—introducing a high MERV-rated filter—creates new problems, as these filters have backpressure that often exceeds the capacity of the HVAC systems in which they are installed. High-backpressure filters also use more energy and require frequent filter changes, making them more expensive to maintain and environmentally unfriendly.
The Agentis Air paper session on February 6th will introduce a new form of electrostatic filtration that has uniform performance, low backpressure, is energy efficient, and can be tuned to perform at a range of filtration levels depending on demand. This is accomplished by varying the voltage applied to the ionization stage of the filter. In this study, an electrostatic filter is operated with a variable power source set to adjust the filtration level according to a variety of operating algorithms. The resulting energy use is compared to standard air filters. The technology allows in-duct systems to adjust to a range of filtration levels, from MERV 8 to MERV 15, responding in real time to current air quality conditions and filtration needs. Developed by technologists at the University of Washington, APART technology also reduces replacement filter media cost and maintenance.
According to Agentis Air president Larry Rothenberg, “We are honored to be selected to present our results and look forward to sharing our energy-conserving, maintenance-reducing commercial air purification technology with ASHRAE members and AHR Expo visitors. Because existing HVAC systems can be adapted to use our responsive tuning and APART technology, truly better indoor air quality becomes a near-term-attainable goal, not just a wish list item. To our knowledge, Agentis Air is the only company that can offer real-time dynamic filter tuning—which is a game changer for the industry.”
The paper presents a pilot study conducted at the University of Washington which demonstrated:
• Filtration efficiency and power consumption were responsively adjusted in real-time to a range of MERV levels, to fit current air quality levels
• A 50% reduction in energy cost
• Continuous, effective air purification with no performance drop off between media changes
• Reduced maintenance and filter media cost
Current implementations of APART technology, including the Brio™ in-room air purifier, will be demonstrated at the Agentis Air exhibit during the AHR Expo (Booth C7805), February 6-8.
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About APART Technology
Patented Advanced Particle Removal Technology—which pairs particle-repelling plates with disposable particle-collecting plates—is the result of five years of research at The University of Washington’s Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory. Igor Krichtafovitch, PhD, an expert in electrostatics and particle pollution reduction led the research. Dr. Krichtafovitch is the Director of Research and Development at Agentis Air, LLC, the exclusive worldwide licensee of the patented technology.
About Agentis Air
Agentis Air is a collaboration of scientists, engineers, and air-quality experts on a mission to improve health and longevity with innovative indoor air technology. With decades of university research and development experience, the company’s focus is on transformational technologies as the foundation for more effective air-purification products. The Agentis Air research and development team is led by a scientist with over 100 patents and 20 years of experience in advanced air-purification technologies. https://agentisair.com
About the University of Washington and CoMotion
CoMotion at the University of Washington is the collaborative innovation hub dedicated to expanding the global economic and societal impact of the UW community. By developing and connecting to local and global innovation ecosystems, CoMotion helps innovators achieve the greatest impact from their discoveries. https://comotion.uw.edu
With more than 50,000 members from over 130+ nations, ASHRAE is a diverse organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote to a sustainable world. https://www.ashrae.org/
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