May 19, 2006 in Home Appliances News

SAMSUNG Electronics to Put Air Purification Technology

SEOUL, KOREA, May 19, 2006 : Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., announced today to join the Airliner Cabin Environment Research (ACER) project funded by the US government with Samsung’s proprietary Micro-Plasma Ion (MPI) technology.  MPI is a technology generates large quantities of activated hydrogen and oxygen ions, which exterminate the viruses and allergy-causing microbes in the air. The process is completely safe for humans and MPI is seen as a breakthrough in improving aircraft cabin air quality and preventing the spread of infectious disease and viruses.




When an airliner is in flight, the cabin interior experiences a drop pressure and humidity, while ozone and carbon dioxide levels increase. Moreover, the passengers spread viruses as they breathe the cabin air and converse, and the air quality naturally degrades. The passengers are confined to a tight space within this polluted environment for a long time, which means they run a high risk of becoming infected by some airborne malady. Some countries like the US have demanded that steps be taken to remedy the air quality situation onboard aircraft.



The US federal government thus has provided grants for eight different research projects and one of the projects is intended to prevent the contamination of aircraft cabin air. The Samsung MPI technology will be used in one of these projects.



Until now, the only way to address the problem has been to disinfect the cabin interior prior to takeoff. Once airborne, the passengers are unavoidably exposed to one another’s germs.



Samsung applied MPI to its air conditioners and air purifiers. In addition to airplanes, the technology is being studied for use inside automobiles. The automotive industry is showing great interest in MPI, and Samsung is about to sign MOUs with several of the world’s major automakers. The company also expects applications to expand to hospitals and industrial facilities.



Samsung developed MPI after more than three years of research. The effectiveness of the technology was proven in studies at Kitasato Medical Center, a renowned research center on viruses in Japan, and British Allergy Foundation in the UK.



The Chief of Samsung’s Digital Appliances R&D Center, Choi Dochul, says “Our involvement in the ACER project serves as international recognition of our air purification technology. We plan to expand the application of MPI technology to improve the air quality in residences, hospitals, offices, vehicles and aircrafts.”



Samsung was officially invited to join the Airliner Cabin Environment Research (ACER) project funded by the US government and the company became the first non-US industrial partner in the project.



About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2005 parent company sales of US$56.7 billion and net income of US$7.5 billion. Employing approximately 128,000 people in over 120 offices in 57 countries, the company consists of five main business units: Digital Appliance Business, Digital Media Business, LCD Business, Semiconductor Business and Telecommunication Network Business. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones, and TFT-LCDs.



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