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Research project: StarSteam (2016 onwards)

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After 7 years of research and development (recorded on the Starstream research project page) into cleaning using cold water without additives, in the summer of 2016 the first StarStreamTM product, the StarStream One, will be released by Ultrawave Ltd., manufacturing under licence to the University of Southampton.

Meanwhile, research at the University continues to look at further ways to use StarStream technology, through:

  • its incorporation into standard plumbing (e.g. taps/faucets);
  • its adoption in healthcare practices (by testing its effectiveness on, for example, decontaminating surgical instruments, particularly high value items such as duodenoscopes that cannot withstand repeated hot washes in aggressive chemicals);
  • its development into affordable, portable devices for the developing world and catastrophe zones (such as portable solar-powered nozzles that can be dropped into a bottle of drinking water to turn it into a first-rate wound cleaner).

This takes us to the concept of StarSaver, a portable nozzle that can fit onto any bottle of drinking water and be powered by a solar-charged battery. StarSaver takes us towards a world where a bottle of drinking water can also be used as an effective emergency wound cleaner, for rescue workers, drones or vehicles that cannot carry heavy packs of water, soap and disinfectant. It can be used to support rural medicine and maternity services, and provide emergency cleaning for wounds and foodstuff when flooding contaminates water supplies.

A portable StarStream nozzle will fit any drinking water bottle
A portable StarStream nozzle will fit any drinking water bottle
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