Environmental biotechnology company CBio is developing a system to prevent gel build up in air-conditioning.
The move follows units after sales of its award-winning FridgeFree product have soared yearon year. since its introduction.
The firm - which provides natural solutions to pollution arising from the discharge of effluents and wastes into the environment previously launched the award-winning Amnite L600 FridgeFree, billed as a biological solution to clearing gel build-up in the drains of commercial refrigeration units.
CBio is developing the application to enable the technology to work in air-conditioning units, which will open up a whole new market for the firm and forms part of plans to grow the company to £10m in the next five years.
“We are constantly looking at the ways we can push the boundaries of environmentally focused refrigeration and air-conditioning,” said CBio’s managing director, Ben Hoskyns.
“This is a widespread problem which leads to floods in roof spaces, extremely costly breakdowns, physical safety risks as well as potential health problems associated with aerosoled pathogenic bacteria.
“Fridge Free has revolutionised how companies combat refrigeration issues at source and our technology will do the same for air-conditioning.”
Air-conditioning systems have the same problems with gel forming in the condensate drains - the condensate then sits in the pipes as it cannot flow away, which provides the ideal conditions for certain types of bacteria (the start of the slime process) to breed.
These bacteria will grow at the expense of the limited nutrients available in the drain line, once these have been exhausted they become ‘stressed’ and in these circumstances they secrete an ‘exopolysaccharide’, which binds the bacteria together into a gel which clogs the drain and causes costly and inconvenient breakdowns and can release harmful airborne bacteria.