Optimizing Air Quality and HVAC disinfection on Offshore Vessels and Platforms

19.12.2023
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PROJECT OVERVIEW 

 
In the challenging operational landscape of gas oil platforms, maintaining optimal air quality within the ductwork is critical for personnel health, equipment longevity, and overall operational reliability. Our client, a leading player in the oil and gas industry, recognized the need for advanced air treatment solutions and approached us to tailor a product for their specific requirements.
 
CLIENT CHALLENGES
  • Harsh offshore environment
  • Continuous exposure to contaminants
  • Limited access for maintenance
  • Need for manual control during maintenance activities
TAILORED SOLUTION
 
We developed a customized UVC air treatment system, UV-RACK-CS-IMT-16, addressing the unique challenges faced by our client. The key features of the product were meticulously designed to meet the stringent requirements of gas oil platforms.


 
KEY FEATURES

Stainless Steel 316L Construction: Enhanced corrosion resistance for prolonged durability in marine environments. Mitigates the risk of microbial-induced corrosion.

Stainless Steel Product Labels: Labels engineered from stainless steel to resist extreme environmental conditions, ensuring long-lasting product identification and readability.

Higher IP Rating on Control Boards: to safeguard internal components against moisture, dust, and other environmental factors.

External Handle for Manual UV Treatment Control: An external handle designed for manual control of the UV treatment system. This feature allows personnel to turn the system on/off manually during maintenance inside the ducts, ensuring safety and flexibility in operation.

Bespoke Manufacturing: Customization options, including material selection and additional features, tailored to meet the client's specific needs. Flexibility to adapt the product according to the unique requirements of each gas oil platform.
 
The original equipment design is from the UV-RACK series, also available in a UL version. Further details and specs available on the products page: https://www.lightprogress.it/en/products/uv-rack_4.html
 


BENEFITS AND RESULTS
 
Improved Air Quality: The UVC air treatment system effectively neutralizes airborne pathogens, contributing to enhanced indoor air quality for personnel working in confined spaces.
 
Reduced Downtime: Manual control through the external handle facilitates swift maintenance activities without causing disruptions to the overall operations.
 
Extended Equipment Lifespan: Stainless steel construction and advanced corrosion resistance features contribute to the longevity of the UVC air treatment system, minimizing the need for frequent replacements.
 
Enhanced Safety: The customized solution prioritizes safety by providing manual control, ensuring that maintenance personnel can safely perform tasks within the ducts without compromising on air treatment.
 
CONCLUSION
 
Our tailored UVC air treatment solution, UV-RACK-CS-IMT-16, has proven to be a pivotal asset for gas oil platforms, addressing unique challenges and contributing to a healthier, safer, and more efficient operational environment. As we continue to innovate, our commitment to delivering solutions that withstand the rigors of offshore environments remains unwavering.
 
Explore how our tailored solutions can elevate your air quality standards. Contact us for a consultation: info@lightprogress.it

F.A.Q.

Ultraviolet rays are electromagnetic waves which are part of light. Electromagnetic waves are divided into three main wavelength bands, expressed in nanometers, nm: Ultraviolet rays (UV) 100-400 nm Visible rays (light) 400-700 nm Infrared rays (IR) 700-800,000 nm UV rays are in turn identified in three bands:

  • UV-A (315-400 nm) with tanning properties;
  • UV-B (280-315 nm) con proprietà terapeutiche e di sintesi della vitamina "D";
  • UV-C (100-280 nm) with germicidal properties.

UV-C rays (100-280 nm) have a strong germicidal effect and reach their maximum efficacy at the 265 nm wavelength. The germicidal effect of UV-C radiation covers bacteria, viruses, spores, fungi, moulds and mites; this is mainly due to the destructive effect of the UV-C rays on their DNA, which damage their reproductive system and prevent them from replicating.

Bacteria, Viruses, Spores, Fungi, Mould, and Mites are all sensitive to, and can therefore be eliminated with, UV-C light. Mircrobes cannot acquire resistance to UV-C light, unlike that which occurs using chemical disinfectants and antibiotics. UV rays are ecological. Polluting the environment is inevitable using normal disinfectants. Directly inhaling the vapours, or swallowing food products contaminated by any contact with said chemical disinfectants, can also give rise to a number of serious risks. In cases where chemical disinfectants cannot be eliminated (food, pharmaceutical, healthcare industries, etc.), using ultraviolet rays for disinfection allows a reduction in their use, with considerable economic savings and greater care for the environment, while maintaining and almost always improving the level of disinfection. UV-C light devices can be installed in environments and on machinery and be programmed to maintain the same level of disinfection day and night, guaranteeing ideal hygiene conditions, without highs and lows. On the contrary, chemical disinfectants are effective only during their actual use. Using LIGHT PROGRESS equipped luminaires, operating costs are negligible; it could be said that “LIGHT PROGRESS” UV-C systems do not require maintenance except for the normal replacement of the lamps. The cost/benefit ratio is considered excellent; the devices are both powerful and long-lasting. Hence the elimination of germs using UV-C technology is low-cost and highly effective compared to (or in combination with) other systems.

I raggi UV-C funzionano davvero, se applicati correttamente e con le dovute precauzioni. La differenza fra un progetto di qualità e una applicazione senza risultati è data dalla profonda conoscenza dell'argomento e dall'esperienza acquisita nel tempo. Dal 1987 Light Progress realizza progetti di successo in tutto il mondo e ha acquisito una clientela costituita da Società importanti in tutti i settori che necessitano di condizioni igieniche verificate per generare prodotti e servizi di qualità.