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Fornham St Genevieve tech company Vapourtec invents ingenuious device which turns salt water into disinfectant

A technology company has invented a handheld device which turns mildly salty tap water into a powerful disinfectant.

Vapourtec, based on Park Farm Business Centre, Fornham St Genevieve, Suffolk, has developed the unique device over the past year.

The company has many years of experience producing world-leading laboratory equipment for the pharmaceutical industry in 23 countries world wide.

Duncan Guthrie with Callum Guthrie, Manuel Nuno and Josh Ridgway. Picture by Mark Westley
Duncan Guthrie with Callum Guthrie, Manuel Nuno and Josh Ridgway. Picture by Mark Westley

The handheld sprayer, called easy-HC10, was developed by six-strong team at Vapourtec in direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company says it is suitable for disinfecting larger areas like offices, schools, airports and public transport.

Using flow chemistry technology, it turns salt water into disinfectant which has proven to kill 99.9 per cent of germs, bacteria and viruses, including Covid-19, at a fraction of the cost of using ready-made manufactured disinfecant.

“The water and salt is converted into hypochlorous acid, a powerful disinfectant which our bodies already uses to kill germs,” said Duncan Guthrie, Vapourtec’s founder and managing director.

“The easy-HC10 instantly produces it from nothing more than tap water and salt, eradicating the need for costly disinfectant.”

Hypochlorous acid is a disinfectant which occurs naturally in the blood stream of all mammals.

It is highly effective at killing bacteria, fungi and viruses, and neutralising odours, it is also one of the only disinfectant agents which is non-toxic to humans.

It is used commercially as a powerful disinfectant but has a relatively short shelf life when stored.

The easy-HC-10 is designed for immediate use and makes hypochlorous acid instantly.

The sprayer is powered by a rechargeable battery and has a two-litre reservoir which is filled with tap water and five grams of salt.

It produces an instant spray of hypochlorous acid solution, the concentration of which can be controlled depending on the strength of disinfection needed.

The battery has a 90-minute run time and each two litres of water produces around 25 minutes of continuous spraying.

The device costs £900.

“The device means there is no need to buy, store or carry around traditional disinfectant or bleach.

"It can cost up to 96 per cent less to use than NHS-grade disinfectants” said Duncan.

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