CleanTech on the rise: Energy efficiency, sustainability, sanitation, and more

Companies all over the globe have shifted gears toward clean technology to promote sustainable business practices. Clean technology, or CleanTech, as it is commonly called, aims at reducing negative environmental impacts through energy efficiency, the use of sustainable resources, recycling, and more. Dealing with climate change is one of the top concerns for several countries, and many organizations are being supported by officials and government bodies as they switch to CleanTech. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which was an online event this January, several companies showcased their new environmental-friendly tech meant to make the world more sanitary.

This year’s CES was unlike every other year. It was completely virtual, did not involve some big companies, and it featured several new consumer technologies that weren’t even thought of by many. COVID-19 affected every individual’s life one way or the other. It also prompted companies to respond by developing gadgets that help individuals stay safe from the spread of the disease. Technology companies came up with products focused on improving air and water quality, promote cleanliness and sterilization to guard against harmful microbes, and more.

Here are the top CleanTech announcements made at this year’s CES.

Project Hazel

Face masks are now a part of almost everyone’s daily life. While many companies are trying to cash in on the opportunity, Razor came up with project Hazel to develop the world’s smartest masks. Project Hazel offers a comfortable and sustainable mask with a transparent design, optimized airflow for long-duration usage, an airtight seal to prevent air from leaking in, and adjustable ear loops to fit everyone. Razor is also allowing users to customize the mask according to their liking and offers a wireless charging case with a UV sterilizer.

The mask comes with a surgical N95 respirator paired with high bacterial filtration efficiency (BFE) and high fluid resistance. It comes with a detachable ventilator and offers an auto-sterilize function with an ultraviolet light interior that kills harmful microbes such as bacteria and viruses.

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Razor showcased this project at CES 2021 and has made it clear that all of their CES concepts are meant to demonstrate what could be done. However, they do not represent an end-product.

CleanTech appliances

LG Electronics debuted its first-ever refrigerators with ultraviolet light to kill bacteria on water dispenser nozzles. Whirlpool, meanwhile, designed a washing machine with heated water meant to kill germs on clothes while being washed.

Samsung showcased its JetBot 90 AI+, which is the company’s smart vacuum cleaner. It is equipped with several 3D sensors and uses artificial intelligence for object recognition. It comes with a built-in camera and can determine the most efficient cleaning path to clean more using minimal energy consumption. Moreover, this vacuum cleaner is capable of emptying its bin and returning to its docking station once it completes the cleaning.

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Dreame technologies showcased its latest and most innovative smart cleaning appliances, including the cordless vacuum T20 and the robot vacuum D9 at the event this year. More information about the products can be found here.

Touch-free sanitization

A safer approach to stay clean is to use tech that doesn’t need to be touched to use. There was a slew of these types of touch-free products announced at CES 2021. Several tech companies, as well as regular manufacturing companies such as Kohler, came up with smart-home CleanTech products focused on reducing the need to physically touch products in homes and offices.

Kohler unveiled its touchless voice-controlled water faucets. Alarm.com, meanwhile, debuted its touchless doorbells that ring when someone approaches the door. We have also seen a bunch of air purifiers that can be activated using gestures. LG displayed a whole new upgraded InstaView lineup of large appliances. The lineup includes refrigerators, ovens, water dispensers, and more.

Ultraviolet light cleaning

Devices using ultraviolet light to kill microorganisms are getting smarter and are being morphed into pretty much every regular household appliance such as refrigerators, lights, gadget cleaners, water bottles, bags, and more. Robots that use lights are in commercial spaces, and many companies showcased their lineup of products.

Chinese robot manufacturing company Ubtech announced a UV-C disinfection robotic system in the form of Adibot. It is made to offer hospital-grade disinfection of spaces for small businesses and schools that use UV light. It comes in both manual and automatic options and is capable of disinfecting a 1,000-square-foot space in about 70 to 100 seconds. The price, however, is on a higher-end, with the manual setup costing $20,000.

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CleanTech products: The lineup is growing

Apart from these products, we have also seen a bunch of self-cleaning gadgets announced at CES 2021 that are already available or will soon hit consumer markets. From smartphone sanitizers to antimicrobial backpacks, from UV light cleaners designed for cars to a slew of air and water purifiers, we have dozens of products in the CleanTech lineup focused on clean and sustainable living.

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