Pure Pulse, a Londonderry company, has been assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to develop ‘Pulse Eco Shower’ a highly innovative showerhead that effectively counters bacterial threats, including Legionella and Pseudomonas, and virtually eliminates limescale clogging.
Pulse Eco Shower, which has been tested by experts at the internationally respected Questor Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast, is now being trialled by a major healthcare trust and evaluated by a number of water authorities in Great Britain.
The innovative showerhead was developed by Christie Allen and James Clarke, founders of the small business with assistance through the Invest NI Innovation Voucher scheme. The company also received £30,848 of assistance from Invest NI towards the company’s total investment of almost £80,000.
Mr Allen, said: “Our design has produced a much more efficient, hygienic and healthier shower system. Questor’s research found that the new head virtually eliminates limescale clogging and dramatically reduces bacteria due to the small surface area inside the head and the use of a small metal exit point compared to traditional domestic showerheads which use a spray plate involving rubber nipples which offer a natural breeding ground for bacteria such as Legionella and Pseudomonas. Removing the spray plate means there is nowhere for bacteria and limescale to develop.”
The showerhead also reduces water consumption by between 40 and 60 per cent.
Des Gartland, Invest NI’s North West Regional Office manager, said: “This enterprising company has developed a highly innovative product that could transform the shower industry and could have immense potential in international market including healthcare. It is already attracting significant interest from potential clients in this and other important sectors.
“We have provided a range of support to enable Pulse Eco Shower to access expert technical advice in the development of the product and to assist this small and ambitious company to harness international potential through a strategic marketing campaign in Britain and further afield,” he added.
The small company, based at Claudy, is a recent winner of the prestigious Green Hospitality Award.
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