As part of the EIT’s Crisis Response Initiative, this activity directly contributes to the European Union’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several studies suggested that certain viruses can survive on material surfaces such as metals, glass and plastic. This project will develop plasma-assisted sanitation systems for packaging materials, equipment and tools used in the processing and handling food products. In the first stage, PASS will identify and assess the specific plasma parameters able to induce inactivation of resistant viruses. This input will be used to develop a pre-industrial prototype.
In addition, this new sanitation system would offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to the long-existing use of sanitizing chemical solutions. Not only are these solutions bad for the environment, they also have great limitations such as high costs and obvious disadvantages in terms of economic and environmental sustainability.