StarStream Cleans Up With Another Award


StarStream, the revolutionary handheld ultrasonic cleaning nozzle developed by Ultrawave and Southampton University has picked up another major award.

The first device in the world to deliver the power of ultrasonic cleaning without the need for a cleaning tank or bath, StarStream has been named ‘Product of the Year’ by S-Lab (Safe, Successful and Sustainable Laboratories), at Kings College, London.

In operation The StarStream device supplies a gentle stream of water through a nozzle that generates ultrasound and bubbles, which dramatically improve the cleaning power of water with reduced additives and heating.

Recent independent tests have found that StarStream is 1,000 times more effective than water alone in decontamination tests of the microorganism Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a major cause of hospital acquired infections.

StarStream’s previous awards include the Royal Society's Brian Mercer award for innovation and the Institute of Chemical Engineers Award for 'Water Management and Supply. Last year StarStream was one of three inventions selected by the Royal Society presented to HRH the Duke of York for 'The Year of Science and Industry.’

John Melville, Managing Director of Ultrawave said: "Ultrawave has been searching for the next big idea in ultrasonic cleaning for several years. We believe that by taking ultrasonic cleaning ‘out of the tank’, StarStream is just that."

"We are very proud of our collaboration with the University of Southampton and delighted to be able to bring their innovative technology to market. The prestigious S-Lab award is another important feather in the StarStream cap and confirms the potential for this unique cleaning technology in many diverse applications.”

The device’s ability to clean with cold water produces 79-97 percent energy savings compared with current commercial products. In addition it can collect the used water and recycle it, which produces 83-99 percent water savings.

Professor Tim Leighton, from the University of Southampton’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, who co-developed StarStream, said: "We are extremely pleased with the performance of StarStream and the partnership with Ultrawave. It has been a very long road from the initial idea to such a product."

"It would be hard to overstate the value of the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award, which rescued us by providing a platform to partner with Ultrawave Ltd. and by funding collaboration across the University to research new applications.”