Business is booming for UV technology, the radiation that kills viruses

22 Sep 2020


Twin Cities businesses looking for the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel are finding hope in ultraviolet rays.

Requests for UV filtration systems for air ducts are up and one local inventor has a patent-pending bulb he hopes to see installed in large spaces, such as U.S. Bank Stadium or airports.

“Basically … we can sanitize the air in seconds,” said Bob Albertson, of Orono. The 84-year-old inventor, who owns Albertson Enterprises, said he came up with the idea 12 years ago but couldn’t find a market for it until the pandemic hit. He envisions a future where masks and social distancing are unnecessary in indoor spaces that are “washed” in pale blue UV light.

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