What is Ozone & How is Ozone Used?
Ozone is a form of oxygen that is also a natural sanitizer. It is a highly reactive oxidant that directly attacks the surface layer of microorganisms and destroys their cell walls. Ozonation is a chemical water treatment involving the infusion of ozone into water. When ozone is added to water, it quickly dissolves contaminants without changing its composition or adding any odor or taste.
Ozonated water is used as a disinfectant in a variety of applications and industries. It is also listed as an approved sanitizer by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and has been used for more than a century worldwide.
Furthermore, ozone water has been deemed a safe sanitation solution by the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), and it was approved for food contact by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001. The BES Group also received approval from the UK’s leading food lab Campden BRI, proving that ozone performance is as effective as chemical sanitation methods.
The Benefits and Applications of Ozone
The ozonation method is highly effective in killing bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms that contaminate water. It is non-corrosive and reforms into oxygen molecules after the sanitization process. Ozone does not create an unpleasant aftertaste or odor like chlorine or other chemical cleaners do, and it creates no residual ozone or other compounds.
Ozone water is used as an alternative to traditional chemical cleaners in a variety of industries such as hospitals, kindergartens and schools, and nursing homes. Ozone water cleaning acts 3,000 times faster than chlorine, and is 50 times more effective, making it a clear choice against other disinfectants.
Ozone reforms back into oxygen molecules after the ozone water treatment process, without emitting any harmful by-products. This is better for the environment and safer for users, as they will not ingest any harmful chemical fumes. Ozone water is very useful for industries that require high hygienic safety and sanitization standards, such as food safety, commercial laundry, healthcare, water treatment industries, and more.
Ozone is also listed as an approved sanitizer by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and has been used across the globe for more than a century. Many running water treatment facilities in developed countries and most beverage bottling facilities use ozone to sanitize.
How Electrolytic Ozone is Made?
Electrolytic ozone is created by passing an electrical current through water to break the oxygen (O₂) molecules into oxygen atoms (O). The free oxygen atoms can then combine with oxygen molecules to form O₃. The O₃ made in this way is useful for a number of different applications and is a powerful sanitizing agent for cleaning water, water systems, and other machinery.
This method is very simple, efficient, and effective. Electrolytic ozone is especially useful for sanitizing water systems to create clean, microbe-free water. Because the ozone can be created inside the water system, contamination is kept to a minimum and can be well managed and controlled.
BioSure Professional Electrolytic Ozone Technology
In electrolytic ozone generation, water is converted to ozone by electrochemical reactions. Electrolytic ozone can be made with electrolytic ozone generators (EOGs) via systems that use two core technologies to generate ozone from water based on the water qualities associated with their applications.
The first technology is called direct (or inline) electrolysis. It can generate ozone from tap water and is generally used in commercial applications such as sanitizing beverage-making equipment in coffee shops, bars, and restaurants. It’s simple and easy for the average user.
Proton exchange membrane
The second electrolytic ozone technology is called proton exchange membrane (PEM) and is used in industrial applications using pure water instead of tap water to create ozonated water for applications that require high purity ozone, such as healthcare, food processing, and dentistry.
Ozonated water generated through an EOG can sanitize and disinfect beverage dispensers, kitchen surfaces, dental equipment, and other environments prone to collecting bacteria over time. The installation of electrolytic ozone generators is an effective way of sanitizing water. Ozone is produced from the water being treated and as such there are no contaminants, nor is there a need for the use of chemicals or additional treatment steps.
Other Types of Ozone Technology
Ultra Violet (UV Method)
Ultra Violet (UV Method) light is a form of electromagnetic radiation that uses a UV lamp to expose air or oxygen to the photolysis of oxygen molecules to create ozone. UV irradiation is an ozone sanitation method that is far less effective at killing germs than electrolytic ozone. One of the many downsides to UV irradiation is that it only disinfects a small area of water which loses effectiveness over time. It is highly dangerous to humans and can increase the risk of skin cancer if it is exposed directly to the skin. UV disinfection is a slow process that is ineffective and costly in comparison to the electrolytic methods.
Corona Discharge (CD method)
Over 70% of our competitors use an air-based ozone method to sanitize water. Air-based ozone water generators use corona discharge to produce ozone, however, they are highly dangerous due to the high voltage required to achieve the ozone process. Corona discharge is harmful to humans and the environment as it releases toxic, corrosive emissions such as NOx, a known carcinogen. This NOx byproduct combines with humidity in the air and becomes acidic, resulting in a gas that’s corrosive and damaging to surfaces and our skin.
Benefits of Electrolytic Ozonated Water
The benefits of ozone water are clear. Ozone is one of the world’s most powerful oxidizing agents that actively remove pollutants from water, making ozone water systems suitable for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. It is highly versatile and commonly used as a disinfectant for food, professional laundry services, and water lines in hospitals and nursing homes.
Safe to Use
Ozonated water is odor-free and does not emit any harmful gases, meaning that users will not become sick from strong odors or inhaling harmful chemical byproducts. Ozone water cleaning reverts back to oxygen within minutes, meaning it is also safe for use by asthma sufferers. Using ozone water as a disinfectant is safer as it is non-toxic and up to 100 times safer than any other chemical cleaner.
Effective Disinfectant Properties
The disinfectant properties of ozonated water are often compared with bleach. However, one benefit of ozonated water is that it does not leave behind harmful chemical residues or unpleasant odors. In fact, an ozone water system is used to eliminate odors in the air, and its robust oxidation properties mean it can quickly kill germs, bacteria, and viruses.
Electrolytic ozone generation is more cost-effective than other sanitation methods such as UV radiation or air-based ozone generators. Using ozone water as a disinfectant removes recurring expenses for cleaning materials such as bleach, chemicals, mops, and safety equipment. Ozonated water is a cost-effective alternative to traditional chemical products as it does not require any special gear or equipment – only the one-off purchase of an ozone generator.
There is an increasing focus on environmentally friendly cleaning approaches that do not pollute the air, water, or land. Electrolytic Ozone Water Generators do not emit any toxic byproducts such as NOx into the environment during the oxidation process. Furthermore, as the O₃ (ozone) molecule fails to maintain its chemical bond at room temperature, ozonated water treatment reverts back to its regular, harmless form after reaction, returning pure water into the environment.