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RIVM research: UVC with a wavelength of 254nm most effective

In 2020, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) conducted research into the cleaning of protective devices using UVC light. However, several passages from this are also very relevant to (the operation of) the ViroPower. The wavelength used by the ViroPower is 253.7. RIVM indicates that this is the most effective.

It is also confirmed that Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) belongs to the viruses that can best be inactivated, namely the single-stranded RNA viruses. Finally, the importance of smooth surfaces and the absence of shadows is reiterated. The ViroPower inactivates viruses in a safely enclosed area where there are no shadows or obstructions for the UVC light.

Below is the text from the RIVM research. At the bottom of this page, you can read the entire research and you will find more information about UVC and aerosols.

Inactivation of micro-organisms and viruses by UVC

The effectiveness of UVC to inactivate a pathogen depends on a number of circumstances.

The wavelength of the UVC light: UVC light with a wavelength of 254 nm is the most effective because this wavelength is close to the absorption peak of 265 nm of nucleic acids.

The wavelength of the light that is applied is thus important.

The duration and intensity of irradiation

By increasing the irradiation duration and intensity, the inactivation of micro-organisms increases. At the same time, this means that the irradiated material is also exposed to a higher dose of UVC radiation and may be affected.


The properties of the pathogen to be inactivated

Single-stranded RNA viruses are more easily inactivated by UVC light than double-stranded RNA viruses. SARS-CoV-2 is a protein-covered single-stranded RNA virus. UVC inactivates murine hepatitis virus (MHV) coronavirus quickly and easily in aerosols.

The humidity

With higher humidity, a higher UV dose seems to be necessary to inactivate viruses. This may be because the water attaches to the virus, protecting it from UV-induced DNA or RNA damage.

However, Walker et al. found no protective effect of high humidity on UV sensitivity in the aerosols tested. In fact, their results suggested higher UV susceptibility with higher humidity.

The material and surface to be irradiated

Obstacles shade where no UVC light reaches and thus where no inactivation of micro-organisms and viruses will occur.

UVC inactivates micro-organisms and viruses on smooth surfaces, as the UVC radiation can reach the micro-organisms well.

In porous mask material, micro-organisms and viruses may be located inside a network of material, where insufficient UV light may reach due to shadowing. Aggregation of virus particles can influence the kinetics of virus inactivation.

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ViroPower filters fine dust, pollen and allergens and destroys 99.9% of viruses and bacteria due to six ozone-free UVC lamps.


Technical specs

ViroPower 6000

120m2 air capacity depending on ceiling height

6x 25W UVC ozone-free lamps
HEPA filter
HEPA filter + Dust filter
Cleans the air up to 300m3 per hour
life span of lamps 9000 hours
≤ 45dB in silent mode
Plug + Play single phase