Panasonic’s technology ‘inhibits coronavirus’

SUBANG JAYA: Panasonic Malaysia Sdn Bhd is planning to incorporate its “nanoe X” technology to its extended innovative products to inhibit the novel coronavirus as part of its campaign to offer more protection for consumers at residential and commercial areas.

The parent company has collaborated with the Paris-based global contract research organisation, Texcell, which has verified the inhibitory effect of the nanoe X technology, with known benefits of hydroxyl (OH) radicals on the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

Texcell, which specialises in viral testings, conducted the latest research after the nanoe X device was installed at 15cm from the floor in the 45-litre test space. A piece of gauze saturated SARS-CoV-2 virus solution was placed in a petri dish and exposed to nanoe X for a predetermined time. The findings of the research revealed that over 99.99% of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) activity was inhibited within two hours.

The nanoe X, the original ioniser to generate “nano-sized atomised water particles”, is developed by Panasonic Corporation.

It is an electrostatic atomisation technology that collects invisible moisture in the air and applies high voltage to it to produce “hydroxyl radicals contained in water”.

The decisive factor is the existence of hydroxyl radicals inside nanoe X. Hydroxyl radicals are characterised by being strongly oxidative and highly reactive.

Panasonic Air-Conditioning Malaysia marketing manager Tan Tih Tjun said that so far nanoe X is only available in their air-conditioners and generators.

“Currently, we have 38 models of nanoe X air-conditioners. We are planning to have more products with nanoe X, and also increase air-conditioning line-up with nanoe X, because air-conditioner is very important in our daily lives, ” she said in a virtual press conference after presenting on the benefits of the nanoe X technology.

“Nanoe technology is Panasonic patented Ion Technology, and basically it is an air purification feature developed to offer quality air and create better life to our customers.”

On the key characteristics of nanoe X, she said: “It is water-based, produced in high quantity (4.8trillion OH radicals are generated per second) and very high in concentration. It is highly effective even in inhibiting adhered substances (things on the surface).

“It does not only inhibit airborne viruses and bacteria, but also inhibit those on the sofa, countertops, tabletops.

“Because it is very small (nano-sized), it can also penetrate deep into the fabric and curtains.”

She highlighted that nanoe X has seven key benefits: it deodorises, inhibits five types of pollutants (bacteria and viruses, mould, allergens, pollen and hazardous substances), as well as moisturises skin and hair.

Panasonic Air-Conditioning Malaysia sales department group general manager Stephen Eric Khan added: “We are trying our best to include this sort of features and introduce new models. As of now the concern is on health because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We want to create awareness that your air-conditioner can provide certain protection to your family and loved ones.

“This does not only include residential but we are looking at full range of applications from residential to commercial.”

Panasonic air conditioner department marketing general manager Victor Koh Yew Aik said the price of their air-conditioners with innovative built-in features varies between RM1,900 (residential) and RM8,000 (commercial).

Panasonic Malaysia marketing innovation department general manager Chew Keng Heng moderated the session.

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