Increasing Demand for Ultraviolet Market & Pandemic Challenges | WWD Weekly Digest

Feb. 4, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 had a profound impact on everything. For the ultraviolet market, this resulted in intense interest. Health officials wanted the technology for hospitals and doctor’s offices to disinfect surfaces, meanwhile consumer businesses wanted to sell them to the public. All the while, water and wastewater facilities with the technology in place was competing for replacement lamps.

The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 had a profound impact on everything. For the ultraviolet market, this resulted in intense interest. Health officials wanted the technology for hospitals and doctor’s offices to disinfect surfaces, meanwhile consumer businesses wanted to sell them to the public. All the while, water and wastewater facilities with the technology in place was competing for replacement lamps.

Oliver Lawa, CEO of Aquisense and immediate past president of the International Ultraviolet Association, discusses the challenges of competing market forces for ultraviolet equipment. He also touches on the growing value and demand for the latest UV technology — UV-C LEDs and excimer-based gas-exchange lamps — and how regulations for the water and wastewater industry could benefit those of other markets and verticals.

  • Intro: (0:00)
  • How the pandemic impacted and affected the ultraviolet market: (0:44)
  • The challenge of multiple verticals competing for ultraviolet resources: (2:56)
  • The balancing act of prioritizing resources across vertical: (5:10)
  • Increased value in UV-C LED and excimer-based gas-exchange UV lamps: (6:42)
  • Getting technology advancements into the hands of utilities: (11:05)
  • Ultraviolet disinfection regulations and how they apply across verticals: (13:10)
  • Outro: (16:25)

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