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Bipolar Ionization Destroys Harmful Aviation Gases, Odors and Pollutants


Demand for air travel is at an all-time high and growing at an unprecedented rate. In one month airlines can carry over 73 million passengers, and that number is likely to increase. Countless passengers pass through airports, and a key component of serving them is to maintain healthy, comfortable indoor air quality. However, as the rate of air travel climbs, levels of indoor air pollution at airports increases, due to aircraft emissions, ground level emissions, cleaning products, catering and a variety of other activities.


Helicopters have proven to be an effective means of transporting injured persons from the scene of an accident to a hospital and in transferring patients in critical need of specialized services from one hospital to another hospital having that capability. A functional hospital heliport may be as simple as a cleared area on the ground, together with a windsock and a clear approach/departure path. However, elevator penthouses, cooling towers, exhaust vents, fresh air vents, and other raised features can impact heliport operations. The exhausts from helicopters has a direct impact on building air quality if the heliport is too close to fresh air vents.


Many of the pollutants generated at transportation facilities are particulate matter (PM) that is microscopic in size, much smaller than a strand of human hair. The particulate is either swept indoors through ventilation systems or produced within the indoor space. The small particulate can be inhaled or swallowed, and this can lead to potential health issues — since some of the pollutants are known to have a harmful effect on human beings. The constant flow of human traffic can undoubtedly have an impact on airport and heliport pollutants. However, the primary — and most dangerous — sources of indoor air pollution and odor are from exhaust from aircraft and diesel engines, direct fuel emissions from refueling aircraft, along with larger dust particles from brakes, tires, asphalt, soil, etc. The principal pollutants can be divided into polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), inorganic gases like sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). Given the toxic cocktail that is emitted into the air in and around airports, it is clear that air purification plays a critical role in maintaining safe and clean indoor air.


THE AIR Plasma Air solutions have been successfully deployed in airports, heliports and other similar indoor environments, to improve IAQ and ensure the health, safety and positive experience of travelers, flight crew, and employees. Plasma Air’s cutting-edge air purification solutions utilize bipolar ionization technology and are designed to provide significant reductions in air pollutants, odors, and hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). In independent third party testing, Plasma Air products have demonstrated dramatic reductions in indoor VOCs, virtually eliminating them entirely in a majority of cases. After a mere one-hour of running Plasma Air ionization equipment, more than 95% of all VOCs in the air were completely neutralized. A fast, simple and effective solution, Plasma Air technology is an exceptional choice for enhancing air quality in an airport environment.


Plasma Air ionization equipment is typically mounted in the central air conditioning system; either in the air handling unit itself or on the main supply ductwork.

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