EghtesadOnline: Researchers at Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in Tehran have designed and manufactured a javel water making machine with an Iranian electrolyzer, Erfan Touraji, the project director, said.
“Imported electrolyzers used in all devices made in the country are not of high quality. The useful life of machines with foreign electrolyzers at best is one and a half years. The electrolyzer produced by our engineers and researchers can work for 8 years based on tests performed by reliable laboratories,” Mehr News Agency quoted him as saying.
“Foreign models of this device with similar quality are very costly. This indigenized device can be produced with one third of the price of its foreign counterpart,” he added.
Javel water, also known as liquid bleach or just bleach, is an aqueous solution containing sodium hypochlorite and some sodium chloride.
It is effective in disinfection of viruses, bacteria, fungi and germs and is also used to whiten clothes and remove stains.
In recent months javel water has been used extensively for disinfection all over the world to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In related news, the National Petrochemical Company’s news website Nipna reported that three ministries (oil, health and economy) have called for the production of medical grade petrochemicals to be put high on the NPC agenda to fight the deadly virus.
One of the products is Purell RP270G that has healthcare applications and is used in the making of serum and syringe.
Another material the nation is in dire need of is polypropylene granules used in making disposable medical apparel used by healthcare workers in overstretched medical centers as Covid-19 takes a heavy toll on innocent lives, namely the selfless and hardworking doctors, nurses and care providers.
Iran has confirmed over 360,000 cases of infection with the new coronavirus and more than 17,000 dead by Sunday afternoon.
The coronavirus, which was first reported in China in December 2019, has also caused an outbreak of respiratory illness all over the world. The total number of people worldwide who have tested positive for the virus has now exceeded 18 million with over 690,000 deaths.
Since late February, when the first cases of the disease were reported, petrochemical companies and chemical manufactures raised output of javel water, medical alcohol and antiseptic solutions to help defeat the deadly virus.
They also increased production of raw material used in making protective gear and hospital equipment such as face masks along with medical and surgical gowns.