Taiwan’s ITRI wins CES Innovation Awards for 2nd consecutive year

ITRI’s Hybrid Power Drone with High Payload and Duration and ELECLEAN’s Disinfectant Spray were both named CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honorees

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ITRI’s Hybrid Power Drone with High Payload and Duration (photo courtesy of ITRI)

ITRI’s Hybrid Power Drone with High Payload and Duration (photo courtesy of ITRI)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A device developed by Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan's largest high-tech applied research institution, and another product rolled out by ITRI’s spinoff have both won CES 2019 Innovation Awards, according to a news release issued by ITRI earlier this month.

ITRI’s Hybrid Power Drone with High Payload and Duration alongside ELECLEAN’s Disinfectant Spray were each named CES 2019 Innovation Award Honorees in the Robotics and Drones category and the Home Appliances category, respectively, the institute said in the news release.

The annual CES Innovation Awards program honors outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products.

“ITRI’s Hybrid Power Drone with High Payload and Duration is an octocopter that can hover up to 45 minutes at 30 kg payload, which is over three times the endurance of a drone powered solely by lithium battery,” the news release said.

The drone consists of “a hybrid power system including a lightweight aviation internal combustion engine (ICE), a high-power-density electric generator, and lithium batteries,” according to the document.

The drone passed a preliminary field test for a smart spray system in a mountainous tea garden, proving its capabilities as an advanced agricultural drone for plant protection, according to ITRI.

As for ELECLEAN Disinfectant Spray, it is “a portable device that uses water to produce a disinfectant to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses such as H1N1 Virus, Enterovirus, and E. coli,” ITRI said, adding that its startup ELECLEAN developed the product, “using the world’s first nano-catalysis electrochemical technology to convert water molecules into reactive oxygen species (ROS) in 15 minutes.”

Designed to be eco-friendly and convenient, and without adding chemicals, the device will not result in skin allergies or dermatitis, ITRI said.

“Moreover, its user-friendly and compact design makes it easy to use and carry,” the institute said. “The ELECLEAN Disinfectant Spray can be applied in homes, hospitals, restaurants, or schools for multiple purposes including disinfecting surfaces, cleaning hands, or sanitizing pets.”

ELECLEAN Disinfectant Spray (photo courtesy of ITRI)