- Rowyn Naidoo is on the cusp of completing his cost-effective solution to combat the coronavirus
- The electrical engineering student has invented a smart UVC lighting system that disinfects rooms and surfaces
- This was sparked following a challenge issued to engineering students at the University of Cape Town
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As they say, necessity is the mother of all invention, and this played out perfectly for a brilliant electrical engineering student based in Cape Town.
Professor Amit Mishra issued a challenge to engineering students at the University of Cape Town to come up with design solutions to combat the threat of Covid-19.
Rowyn Naidoo is relishing the challenge and has invented an innovative UVC lighting system that disinfects surfaces and large rooms.
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The smart short-wavelength ultraviolet-C (UVC) light system is cost-effective and essentially kills the virus that causes Covid-19, as per a report by the IES Photobiology Committee.
UCT reported the wonderful news via their website and Naidoo opened up about his groundbreaking creation.
“I took the approach of how to actually kill the viruses while playing to my strengths as an electrical engineering student. I was aware of the use of UVC for this application and that it’s not in common use because of safety factors and cost. I then played around with these limitations towards a solution that is safe, feasible and cost-effective.”
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UVC light has been utilised for ages but Naidoo has figured out a way to maximise the practical use thereof.
Direct exposure to UVC light is harmful to humans, but Naidoo's design incorporates a smart workaround.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the lighting system can be mounted in any room, such as lecture venues, cinemas or an office. The light will remain on while the room is empty and keep it disinfected.
However, it immediately switches off once someone enters the room, due to a built-in sensor.
Another fantastic application of the device is that it can be used to disinfect face masks, thereby making them reusable.
An added benefit is that the light can assist in reducing the spread of other airborne illnesses such as tuberculosis, influenza and even the common cold.
The youngster's use of his free time during lockdown should serve as an inspiration to all South Africans.
Naidoo concluded, “I’ve recently been encouraged by the quote ‘Don’t count the days, make the days count’ by Muhammad Ali, which is particularly relevant these days!”
Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that a couple of South African entrepreneurs have come up with a new coronavirus testing kit.
The kit will allow health officials to see results in just 65 minutes.
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