PRO-Cell Technology is a photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) process designed to have higher effectiveness and efficiency. Before we get into the details of PRO-Cell, let’s first discuss the basics of PCO.
PCO is a chemical reaction commonly used in air treatment products. It utilizes a catalyst and a form of activation energy to break down toxic gases and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into safer molecules. One of the most common PCO processes is the catalytic converter in a car. In a car, the PCO process is used to reduce smog and harmful emissions. Catalytic converters use reduction and oxidation (redox) reactions to reduce harmful emissions. They use a reduction catalyst composed of platinum and rhodium. It helps reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) by removing nitrogen atoms from nitrogen oxide molecules (NO and NO2). This lets the free oxygen form oxygen gas (O2).
In summary, the PCO process looks like this:
Harmful Pollutants –> Catalyst + Activator Reaction –> Harmless substances
PRO-Cell Technology in Air Treatment
The Catalyst: Titanium Dioxide
The pleated aluminum mesh surface is coated with titanium dioxide, which acts as the catalyst. The aluminum mesh surface is coated with titanium dioxide via a patented process for optimal adhesion. The pleated texture of the surface is designed specifically to maximize the surface area of the titanium dioxide that the activator can reach.
+ Activator: UV-C Light
The high-intensity UV-C lamp provides the activation energy, triggering the reaction with the catalyst. Because of the pleated surface, the UV-C light can reach the maximum amount of the catalyst, titanium dioxide, so the reaction is at peak effectiveness. PRO-Cell technology does not use ionization and it DOES NOT produce harmful ozone.
What Problems Does PRO-Cell Technology Address?
PRO-Cell technology addresses VOCs, smoke, odors, germs, and allergens. As air cycles through the HVAC system and encounters the DUO and/or the TRIO, VOCs, odors, allergens, and germs that are present are exposed to the reaction between titanium dioxide and UV-C light. The reaction converts them into harmless water vapor and carbon dioxide. Additionally, PRO-Cell technology helps reduce the buildup of biofilm on the a-coil and in return, the HVAC system runs more efficiently.
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