Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic

2010-04-27 09:21:06

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New technology has a positive impact on environmental sustainability,because it cleans the air of a large portion of harmful emissions.

New technology has a positive impact on environmental sustainability,because it cleans the air of a large portion of harmful emissions.

PRESS RELEASE

ACTIVE™ CLEAN AIR & ANTIBACTERIAL CERAMIC, the new production methodology applied to ceramics that reduces polluting agents present in the air by up to 70%.

An innovative methodology, the effects of which are attested to by the Tile Council of North America and the Bologna Ceramic Centre that gives Fiandre and Iris Ceramica porcelain stoneware slabs self-cleaning and antibacterial properties and helps combat pollution.

This new production methodology, presented here today and tested by the Bologna Ceramic Centre, will allow for the use in indoor and outdoor wall coverings of a new ceramic material treated with an active principle that boasts antibacterial properties able to reduce pollution and nitrogen oxide present in the atmosphere.

The beneficial effects of the photocatalytic tiles – activated with light and water – have been verified and attested to by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and by the Bologna Ceramic Centre, within the framework of a specific joint research and testing programme. These tests show that the use of ActiveTM Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic as a wall and floor covering material has an important positive impact on environmental sustainability, because it cleans the air of a large proportion of harmful emissions and PM10s, thus significantly reducing organic and inorganic polluting agents, as well as making maintenance considerably simpler and eliminating pollution caused by chemical cleaning products. In particular, ActiveTM Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic makes it possible to reduce organic polluting agents and nitrogen oxides, which are among the principal toxic components in urban air; in addition, because it reduces the surface tension on the water, it boasts a self-cleaning capacity as well as significant antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

“The scope of this innovation at a technological level – says Graziano Veri, CEO of the GranitiFiandre Group, which manufactures these tiles– is able to provide an effective response not only to the current economic situation, demonstrating that the way to beat the crisis involves not only focusing resolutely on environmental challenges and the green economy, but also – and more importantly – by obtaining results that are as clearly convincing as those illustrated here today, and that make a real contribution to improving the life of the end users”.

The production plants for ActiveTM Clean Air & Antibacterial Ceramic have already been completed both in Tennessee (USA) and in Sassuolo (Modena, Italy).

The photocatalytic process

Photocatalysis is a phenomenon that has various aspects in common with chlorophyllian photosynthesis; the process that lies at the base of both reactions is oxidation, set in motion thanks to the combined action of light (solar or artificial) and air in the presence of a photocatalyst, which transforms harmful organic and inorganic substances into compounds that are entirely harmless. Exploiting the photocatalysis method, whereby a catalyst is able to react whenever sunlight or artificial light shines on it, the air is cleaned of polluting organic substances. The photocatalytic process is taking on an increasingly important role in environmental control activities, since it is a solution that boasts zero environmental impact.

Active Tiles are available through Peel TIle.

Further details are available on the websites www.active-ceramic.com

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