What is Rosahl?
Rosahl is a unique electric micro-dehumidifier for very small spaces and enclosure where maintenance-free drying is an important factor. It uses a solid polymer membrane (SPE) installed in a flat panel, making it suitable for use in a wide range of enclosures from under two litres up to 4m³ (140 cu ft) in volume.
The name Rosahl comes from a Japanese phrase meaning “removing dew”, and it was developed by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation member company Ryosai Technica in Japan in response to a demand for compact and maintenance free air drying solutions to protect sensitive equipment from moisture damage. It has since found its way into uses for protecting museum display cabinets, telecommunications equipment, manufacturing processes and electrical cabinets.
Rosahl dehumidifiers work using electrolysis when connected to a 3V DC low power source. As the membrane has no moving parts, it is silent, vibration free, and has a very low average energy footprint. The process does not produce liquid water, making it maintenance free and giving the membrane a long operating life.
Designed for industrial and commercial applications, Rosahl membranes offer a long-term solution to humidity control for enclosures. It is particularly useful for equipment in remote locations, or where a conventional dehumidifier would be difficult to maintain or service. It will operate over a temperature range of -10 to +50°C
Rosahl is the World’s smallest electric dehumidifier
A range of models is available, and selection is based on the application, and the size of the enclosure. The entry-level membranes are designed for enclosures under two litres and are 75% smaller than an AA battery, making them ideal for CCTV and IP camera applications.
Using Rosahl membranes
Rosahl membranes are used to reduce the humidity inside various enclosures up to 4m³ (140 ft³). It utilises a unique solid state dehumidifier membrane. Applying a low voltage DC supply to its solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) moisture disassociates (separates) into hydrogen ions and oxygen and the hydrogen is expelled through the membrane to the outside where it forms water vapour.
Depending on the installation, the dehumidifying SPE membrane is mounted in a plastic case which is installed in the side of the enclosure to be dehumidified. The membrane is normally installed vertically to prevent debris falling on the operating faces, however it can be used in any orientation.
By changing the direction the membrane is facing, it can be used as a humidifier, provided the ambient humidity is sufficient. A pair of membranes under can also be used to balance humidity when fitted with the appropriate controls.
Benefits of Rosahl
ROSAHL dehumidifiers are:
- Silent and vibration free so they can be used virtually anywhere
- Maintenance free to reduce lifetime operating costs
- Drain-less, so no water removal or cleaning is required
- Ultra-compact, devices will fit almost any enclosure
- Environmentally friendly design with low power consumption
- Long operating life
- Available also for use as humidifiers or for balancing precious environments
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ISO 9001 Certified
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Why use Rosahl?
Rosahl products are extremely versatile and used in a wide variety of applications to humidify or dehumidify enclosed spaces. Applications range from storage areas for sensitive equipment through to challenging external environments such as traffic control cabinets and many other uses. Rosahl is a low energy moisture extraction system and has a low capacity relative larger conventional (condensing) dehumidifiers.
They are best used in enclosed areas of up to 4m³ (140 ft³). Unlike condensing humidifiers they are small, have no moving parts and are silent: unlike silica gel, they do not need to be regularly recharged or replaced.
Since ROSAHL products use very little energy compared to other types of humidification, they can be left to run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year continuously extracting moisture from an enclosed area without incurring major energy costs. They are maintenance free and may be left for years without concern.
Using Rosahl membranes to dehumidify an enclosure or cabinet is a simple process and starts with selection of the module type. Membranes are generally supplied as components to enable the installer to mount them as needed. Suitable power supplies are also available.
Typical Rosahl Applications
With the smallest version the size of a thumbnail, there are few locations where ROSAHL dehumidifiers cannot be used. They are suitable for a wide range of applications and can be used almost anywhere there is an electrical supply available, including protecting CCTV cameras. Other popular applications include protecting:
- Traffic control and display cabinets
- Outdoor multimedia screens and displays
- Mobile telecommunications outstations
- Precision equipment storage cabinets
- Museum displays and exhibition cabinets
- Protecting sensitive opto and electronic devices
- Storage of hygroscopic materials
- Semiconductor manufacturing
- Infrared spectrographs
External LED lighting
Who uses Rosahl?
Some customers purchasing ROSAHL products include:
- Sanyo (outdoor monitors UK),
- Smiths Industries (baggage security detectors UK)
- Stopworm (Musuem cabinets France).
- Engtek (External monitors, Singapore)
- Bruker, Optics (Lasers, Germany)
- Jenoptik (Lasers, Germany)
- Guyot (Musuem cabinets France)
- White Water (Laboratory cabinets, USA)
- Preservatech (Museum cabinets-Canada)
- Vivotek (CCTV cameras-Taiwan)
Advantages of Rosahl micro-dehumidifiers
No moving parts
Rosahl dehumidifiers have no moving parts so there is no noise or vibration when operating and nothing to wear our or service
Solid-state polymer electrolyte (SPE) provides reliable operation with low average power consumption and a long service life
No liquid water
The process works at a molecular level and no liquid water is involved, so no cleaning or drainage are needed