On behalf of the Department of Energy (DOE), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking partner sites to conduct a nationwide field evaluation study on Germicidal Ultraviolet (GUV) air disinfection system installations.
PNNL is evaluating GUV technology as an energy-efficient approach to improve indoor air quality, reduce the spread of diseases in buildings, and prepare for future epidemics or pandemics. More information about DOE’s current research activities with GUV technology can be found in Germicidal Ultraviolet Disinfection | Department of Energy.
We are looking for partner sites that have recently installed or are planning to install upper-room and/or whole-room GUV systems and are interested in supporting this study by allowing PNNL to access the sites to evaluate their installation. PNNL will evaluate aspects including the effectiveness, safety, and energy use. The data collected will be analyzed and published in a report to showcase GUV installations and educate stakeholders about best practices. The purpose of the report is not to highlight good performing GUV fixtures or criticize under-performing fixtures or installations. Certain information will not be published in the report such as the name of partner GUV site, GUV manufacturer, and GUV fixture name and model. This report will help inform stakeholders about the costs, benefits, and applications of GUV technology in buildings. If interested in participating in this study by providing access to a site with upper-room GUV and/or whole-room GUV installations, please contact us or fill out the form found at the bottom of the page.
For the purposes of this study, DOE will only evaluate Upper-Room and Whole-Room GUV system installations. In-duct GUV or portable air cleaners with GUV are not eligible to be evaluated by this study.
Upper-Room GUV systems are installations where the ultraviolet energy is applied only in the upper region of the room, above the heads of occupants. These systems disinfect the air as it is circulated into the upper part of the room. None or a negligible amount of the emitted UV is projected downwards where occupants may be located.
Whole-room GUV systems emit ultraviolet energy directly into the occupied area of a room. These systems are carefully designed to limit the ultraviolet energy exposure to be below safety guidelines. Many whole-room GUV systems utilize krypton-excimer based fixtures that are much safer for people to be exposed to, often referred to as “Far-UVC”.
PNNL will work with partners to minimize any disruption and conduct evaluations during times when rooms are not occupied.
The follow characteristics and qualities of the GUV system will be evaluated.
Deadline to submit is February 15,2023. Please complete a separate entry form for each site.
Questions? Contact the GUV Research Team at PNNL
Published on January 10, 2023. Last edited January 12, 2023.