Coronavirus: Ivolga EMUs Feature Sanitising HVAC Systems

Ivolga EMUs, manufactured by TVZ (part of Transmashholding) for the Russian-gauge market, feature an HVAC system with an air-sanitising system.

The HVAC system is equipped with UV lamps so that the passing air is treated with UV radiation before it is returned to the passenger area. It has been found that UVC light in particular can destroy genetic material, e.g. in viruses. It has therefore been used as a method of sterilisation though it is not known how UVC affects this coronavirus, though it has been used effectively against other coronaviruses like Sars.

Valeria Sharafutdinova, Head of Product and Technical Marketing, TMH Passenger Transport Division, said:

“During the period of increased coronavirus threat, the sanitising systems will remain engaged during mainline operations as well as on maintenance in depots.”

TMH says all of the electric passenger trains it currently produces feature sanitising equipment and comply with current health and safety regulations. Though the company does stress that passengers should wear masks, wash their hands more often and adhere to social distancing guidelines of at least 1.5m.

Transmashholding HVAC system Ivolga EMU
Air-sanitising HVAC system on an Ivolga EMU

The Ivolga electric multiple unit have an open design allowing passengers to move about on board and maintain a safe distance. The faucets and soap dispensers in the toilets meanwhile have motion sensors, so passengers do not need to touch them.

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