An Outdoor Air Purifier developed by CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur has been launched yesterday at its residential campus in Durgapur.
Prof. (Dr) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI briefly explaining about the technology of the product, said that Indoor Air Cleaner and purifiers are available in the market but it is an outdoor one which has the radial range of 5 meters. With its help air pollution can be reduced by 50% depending on the environment and pollution level. A customized adjustable timer can be set for the most pollution period, say, 8 AM to 6 PM.
The machine is very cost effective and has a low maintenance cost. We can clean it with the vacuum cleaner. These air purifiers have been installed on the street light poles focusing the narrow lanes of the campus and the machine also runs on solar power. Considering the comprehensive features, used components and the materials, the existing cost of a unit comes to 25 thousand rupees which may go up to 30 thousand rupees inclusive of taxes. This cost can be well reduced when steel sheet body is replaced by plastic and UV lamp is removed or customized as per requirement.
During his interaction with the media Prof. Hirani elaborated the development of the Air Purifier and said that the product is first of its kind in the state of West Bengal on several parameters. On the question of cost he said that it can well be reduced on production at mass scale and further customization as per requirement. He also said that the product was already developed few months back and was under experimentation.