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ISO Class 6 & 7 Hardwall Panel System for Solar Cell Activity

Built to: Control temperature and humidity for solar activity
Size: Overall footprint 114m²
Type: Hardwall panel system

Class: ISO Class 6&7
Size: 114m² 
Filtration: HEPA fan filter units
Air changes per hour: 113 at an air speed of 0.45m/s in the main area

What did the client need?

Following the construction of brand new state of the art laboratories on Swansea University’s Bay Campus, SPECIFIC required a cleanroom to provide a stable and consistent environment for their research, as well as a larger space to co-locate all of their solar cell activity. SPECIFIC’s extremely tight specification required temperature control to maintain 21 °C very reliably, and humidity control to be less than 30% relative humidity at all times.

How did we help the client?

Following on from previous working relationships with Swansea University, Connect 2 Cleanrooms designed, manufactured and installed a Modular Hardwall panel system on the new Bay Campus in Swansea.  With an overall footprint of 114 m², the suite of cleanrooms consists of 4 rooms.  The humidity controlled room is 6 m x 4 m, ISO class 7, temperature controlled to maintain 21 °C, and can deliver a constant humidity level of less than 30% at all times.  The ISO Class 6 area is at the other end of the cleanroom, it is also 6m x 4m and is temperature controlled to maintain 21 °C. 

The main cleanroom area is 11m x 6m, ISO Class 7; temperature controlled to the same level as the other rooms, and houses three gloveboxes for research requiring an oxygen-free atmosphere.  The final room is the change area which is ISO Class 7, and allows operators to gown up in a controlled area, minimising the introduction of particles into the room.

How did the client benefit?

The inclusion of the humidity and temperature control ensures invaluable consistency all year round.  The Connect 2 Cleanrooms control system provides SPECIFIC with the ability to regulate humidity and provides a consistent environment in which to investigate issues, during material synthesis or manufacture, enabling them to develop a more stable baseline for materials and processes.  Prior to the installation of the cleanroom, the laboratory was achieving 30%-70% relative humidity; however, where the relative humidity was too high the devices wouldn’t work.

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