MEDIA RELEASE: ‘Active’ air purifiers could solve major student absence and teacher shortages caused by COVID-19

Apr 22, 2022 | COVID-19, Education, Media Release

An Australian business claims to have the answer to the unprecedented school closures and student absence rates recently seen in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland due to widespread transmission of COVID-19.

Latest figures show that in the last few weeks, up to 20% of students across NSW have been absent each day due to sickness or isolation rules, and significant teacher shortages are forcing schools to revert to online learning or closing the school entirely.

With two years of intermittent lockdowns, followed by severe flooding impacting student learning, NSW business owner John Brodie claims his air purifier technology could hold the answer to solving this latest challenge for schools.

Our systems work by creating and distributing millions of tiny hydrogen peroxide molecules to actively seek-and-destroy pathogens in the air and on surfaces, including the virus that causes COVID-19, mimicking the way nature purifies the air outdoors,” said Mr Brodie, Managing Director of The Clean Air Company.

“This is called ‘ACTIVE’ air purification because it is actively finding and killing pathogens in the air around you, which is a newer and far superior technology to the more well-known ‘passive’ technology like HEPA filters, that can only filter a small amount of air drawn through it.”

The technology, called Photohydroionization® (PHI) is an advanced indoor air quality technology developed by US company RGF® Environmental Group, and is scientifically proven to neutralise indoor air pollutants such as bacteria, viruses, mould spores, chemical gasses, and odours.

The ACT is currently leading the way for Australian students, currently rolling out this PHI technology across many of their public schools, however the rest of the states and territories appear to be lagging in adopting this important technology.

The PHI® technology was first developed over 20 years ago and is scientifically proven with over 4 million units in use worldwide, most prominently in the US, UK and Europe and by the likes of McDonalds, Lloyds of London, Shake Shack, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Hilton.

“Australia needs to catch up to the rest of the world and get on board with air purification devices in our schools, offices, aged care homes, retail & hospitality venues and other indoor spaces,” says Mr Brodie.

“Once installed these systems are low maintenance and very low cost with the added benefit of providing significant potential cost savings by reducing energy use and improving efficiency and maintenance of air-conditioning systems.”

More information about active air purification technology can be found at

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About The Technology

About The Clean Air Co

The Clean Air Company, part of the Airius APAC P/L group, is a NSW based, privately owned business, that specialises in providing the world’s best active air and surface purification systems, made by RGF® in the USA. As Australia and New Zealand master distributors, The Clean Air Company sells the RGF® PHI® systems for all types of air conditioning systems, as well as the innovative and exclusive range of the Airius ‘PureAir’ fans. John Brodie is available for interview and photo/video on request.

Media Contacts

John Brodie: +61 (0) 401 848 888 / (Managing Director)
Sam Rochaix: +61 (0) 406 585 402 / (Sales Director)