One of our ambulances donated to Ukraine

Now that we have finished testing the ViruBustor system on the Mercedes Sprinter ambulance, we felt that it would do more good in Ukraine. We appealed for donations of medical equipment so that it wouldn’t travel down empty, and got an enormous response, so it was filled with around half a ton of banadages, syringes, tourniquets and countless other pieces of equipment in just a few days.
We also found a driver wiling to deliver it to a reliable help organisation at the border.

SVT visited as we were in the final stages of preparation : https://www.svt.se/nyheter/lokalt/uppsala/de-skickar-ambulans-med-sjukvardsmateriel-till-ukrain

Exploring the business model

Since the public transportation industry runs on very tight margins, we need to explore ways to make our system affordable. One idea we are pursuing is the concept of 3D advertising. Since the air vents can be 3D printed, it is easy to make them as custom designed shapes to represent clients’ products or ambient artwork. Here you see ViruBustor’s VD, Kerstin Mühlig, with a mockup-of of how a vent advertising our colleagues PBZ car tuning could look.

First installation of ViruBustor in a bus

We now have our system installed in a bus. After 3D-scanning the engine compartment, we could 3D-print components that were surprisingly simple to install. Here you see ViruBustor co-founder, Marvin Siebert, testing the airflow, where we found that we were extracting around 3000 litres per minute from each of the 3 vents. By comparison, a person normally breaths out about 80 litres per minute.

Bench testing of ViruBustor installation

We now have a prototype of the ViruBustor system installed on an ambulance that we are using as a research vehicle. To check that our system doesn’t reduce the power of the engine or affect the driving characteristics, we visit PBZ tuning in Uppsala, who have one of the most advanced dynamometers on the market. All the numbers looked good, so we’re happy.

ViruBustor joins the fight against Covid19

With the pandemic entering the second wave, we have been looking for ways to help, and have come up a simple and cost-effective way to reduce the levels of viruses in vehicle cabins by using the the power of the engine to pump air from where the passengers are, and into the combustion chambers, where any contaminants will be thoroughly incinerated, and not just pumped out on to pedestrians The most obvious initial targets are ambulances and buses.