While the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired virtually every industry to take steps toward ensuring cleaner, safer indoor air, Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) began tackling air purification long before the coronavirus emerged.

Since 2009, GPS has delivered clean indoor air solutions that are safe and healthy. Its patented needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI®) technology purifies indoor air by reducing airborne particulates, odors and pathogens while lowering energy consumption and carbon footprints. In the age of COVID-19, air purification has only become more critical. But addressing indoor air quality provides a wide range of benefits, from energy savings to odor control.

In 2018, the NAV CANADA Area Control Center at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) experienced major indoor air quality issues primarily related to odor control. Odors from airplane jet exhaust and decomposing deicing fluids as well as a nearby horse racing track and cannabis processing facility led to complaints.

Meanwhile, the Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport also faced an odor control challenge due to diesel fumes coming from backup generators in the airport’s new powerhouse.

NPBI technology targets particles associated with these issues while also neutralizing the odors themselves. The ionization process breaks down chemical, pet, cooking and other odors into basic, harmless compounds. This substantially reduces odor-causing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), leaving indoor air smelling fresher.

NAV CANADA (which owns and operates the nation’s civil air navigation system) installed the GPS-iMOD® needlepoint bipolar ionization air purification system within existing HVAC units for the:

  • EIA Area Control Center at Edmonton International Airport

  • Air Operation Center at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Within 24 hours of installation, NPBI technology effectively neutralized odors from all sources entering these buildings.

To learn more about this project and benefits of NPBI for the transportation industry, download the Edmonton International Airport project spotlight.