SCOTTSDALE (3 On Your Side) – Imagine having a little portable air purifier with you in your own car to get rid of dust, pollen, bacteria and viruses. Maybe you could even take it along for your next ride in an Uber or Lyft.
Connect-UV, a Scottsdale company founded by 17-year-old Nic Brown, says that is the next step for cleaner air.
“You find a problem and you solve it,” Brown said. “That’s as simple as it gets.”
For Brown, the problem he saw was germs, and he says the solution is UV-C light.
“It’s a proven technology that has been around for a number of years to kill germs, bacteria and viruses,” he said. Preliminary results of a recent study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency show SARS-CoV-2 “can be inactivated by UVC light.”
Connect-UV sells products to disinfect phones and other devices. The company also has a series of air purifiers, which utilize UVC light. Brown came up with the idea in response to the pandemic.
“What the HEPA does is it will capture the pathogens down to .1 micron,” Brown said. “To put that in perspective, Covid is .12 micron so it can easily capture, and then the UVC light actually destroys the microorganism.”
For the air purifiers, there are different sizes for different rooms, and now using similar technology, Brown says the company is getting ready to launch a new, portable purifier. “This is our auto air purifier, which can be used in your personal car, in an Uber, all the way up to even minivans, sprinters or even small busses,” Brown said. The auto air purifier is currently available only for pre-orders. The cost is $359.99.
Brown expects his company to grow. While he is still in high school, his family is helping him run things, with his mom working as the CEO.
“I never thought I’d actually be here doing this,” he said. “I’ve always been inspired by great entrepreneurs around the world and I hope what I’m doing can actually inspire some other young people like me.”
According to the EPA, it is important for consumers to remember that no air cleaner will eliminate all of the pollutants in a space. The agency also says filters need regular replacement.
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