Solar powerhouse Evergen takes to the air with purifiers for indoor and outdoor spaces

Evergen Air purifier in use

Convincing demonstration: Evergen Air’s purifier is now in action in Hull’s Royal Infirmary (Image: nc)

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Now in action in the NHS’s Hull Royal Infirmary following a successful demonstration where air was found to be on average 55.09 percent cleaner, the company’s Evergen Air filter-free units use electric charge technology to trap and zap super fine polluting and viral matter, including coronavirus particles.

The units, which range from the size of a small case to a fridge freezer and cost £2,000 upwards, are suitable for commercial and public sector buildings as well as outdoor areas.  

With the potential for more NHS England, healthcare and other commissions, group turnover for next year is forecast to be £23 million.

Within that Evergen’s core revenue generator continues to be its solar and battery installation business, begun in 2011 that now caters for the residential, new build housing and commercial sectors.

We’ve decided to build our own UK factory and start production by 2026.

Ricky Singh, chief executive Evergen Systems

After years of operating in an uncertain landscape riven by policy and subsidy changes, the market is reviving, says Ricky Singh, chief executive of the family firm started by his father Sukhbir Sidhu which employs 44 in Berkshire, Yorkshire and Norfolk.

“Contributing to environmental improvement has been our goal since starting Evergen,” Singh explains.

“Our business stalled during the lockdown, but the subsidy shackles have come off. There is much more eco-awareness now about the climate crisis among the public and energy suppliers. 

“Clients used to be aged 45 plus, now they are younger and there is an attitude change. Before the driver was the savings that could be made, now it’s the environmental benefits.”

Ricky Singh

Improving the environment: Evergen’s chief executive Ricky Singh (Image: nc)

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It was the sector’s turmoil that prompted Evergen in 2017 to start future-proofing with diversification into air quality and urban air pollution, a move resulting in hygiene and virus control through the Evergen Air brand. 

As well as public spaces, for example, a residents’ area in Delhi, applications are being extended to in-car purifiers and other monitoring services.

Investors have often approached the company and for the first time, Evergen is actively considering external funding of up to £75 million.

This comes as it firms up a plan involving its solar panels that’s aimed at lowering energy costs for tenants in social housing currently using high charging pre-pay meters. 

While its solar panels are made in China, its purifiers are produced in Italy. “International collaborations have been extremely important, enabling us to take generic technology and innovate by making it more sustainable and cost-efficient,” says Singh.

Efforts to find domestic manufacturers have so far come to nought, but have seeded a grand plan.

“We’ve decided to build our own UK factory,” Singh reveals, “and start production by 2026.” 

William Murphy

William Murphy

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