Worldwide, nearly 150 billion new banknotes are printed annually to replace those that have been deemed unfit due to soiling and wear. Considering the costs associated with removal and destruction of unfit currency and the manufacture of new banknotes, governments spend nearly $10 billion annually to maintain circulated currency at acceptable levels of fitness.
Spectra has developed a banknote cleaning solution designed to reduce costs of replacement by extending the life of banknotes. The Aeris™ banknote cleaning system lifts sebum and other substances from the banknote through a dry process which is based on supercritical CO2 cleaning. Additionally, hazards such as bacteria, viruses, and toxins are neutralized, thereby providing protection for processing staff.
Technical Press and Articles
- American Chemical Society Press Release on Spectra’s Breakthrough Banknote Cleaning Technology, ACS, Jan. 8, 2014
- Company invents machine for cleaning and reusing money, FOX News, Apr. 19, 2015
- Spectra Systems Wants to Help Governments Clean Money for Less, Providence Business News, Jan. 19, 2015
- How Bad Is The Problem Of Germ-Covered Cash?, Forbes, Jan. 31, 2014
- The benefits of money laundering, The Economist, Jan. 18, 2014
- Cleaning money could help us save money, Washington Post, Jan. 13, 2014
- Scientists experiment with money laundering, LA Times, Jan. 10, 2014
- Lavare banconote fa risparmiare miliardi su carta e rifiuti, Swiss Info, Jan. 9, 2014
- Money ‘laundering’ can be good too!, Business Standard, Jan. 9, 2014
- Laundering money—literally—could save billions of dollars, phys.org, Jan. 8, 2014
- Cleaning paper money to prolong its life, Market Business News, Jan. 8, 2014