THE OZONE

Ozone is a rather powerful oxidizing agent, that triggers an extremely rapid decomposition process. If used properly, ozone is currently the safest available disinfecting agent.

HISTORY OF OZONE

Discovered by Christian Friedrich Schönbein in 1840 ozone (O3) is an instable molecule of three oxygen atoms. The name ozone derives from ozein, the Greek word for smell, referring to ozone's distinctive odor. At standard temperature and pressure (in a mass) ozone is a poisonous, pale blue gas with a distinctively pungent smell. At −112 °C, it condenses to form a dark blue liquid whereas at temperatures below -193 °C it forms a violet-black solid. Ozone is rather instable: it breaks down into a normal oxygen molecule (O2) and a highly reactive, so-called nascent atomic oxygen.

WHERE CAN BE FOUND?

Ozone occurs in various soil compounds, in water and in the ozone layer. It is produced in large quantities in lightning storms via the so-called corona discharge. When working with a Tesla coil the electric arches can also produce ozone in large quantities. Also any UV radiation close to the 185 nm wave length (UV-c) will produce ozone. This is why most sun bed tubes are made with a special glass cover that is able to filter also UV radiation of this length. Common photocopying machines and halogen light bulbs also produce ozone, though in a negligible quantity.

USAGE OF OZONE

People started to use ozone to disinfect objects, treat water, heal people, clean things and keep their food fresh as early as in the 19th century. In about a hundred years’ time people’s attitude to ozone was transformed dramatically, resulting in a widespread use. In 1902, the first factory in Germany specialize in disinfecting and purifying water using ozone. Since then a great number of water works companies use ozone-based technologies to purify and disinfect water. From 1904 on ozone has been widely used also to keep food containing milk, meat, cheese and other proteins fresh.

DISINFECTION WITH OZONE

Ozone is one of the most powerful oxidizing and disinfecting agent. It's up 600 to 3000 times more effective than chlorine, depending on the microorganisms. Coming into contact with any kinds of microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, mold or fungi), elements which smell, oxidizable minerals, compounds, insects or mycotoxins produced by fungi ozone simply destroys, decomposes them.

WHY OZONE?

ENVIRONENTAL
FRIENDLY

After the treatment ozone disperses in the air without permanent adverse side-effects and without degrading the environment. 

EFFECTIVE
IMPACT

Disinfection with ozone is so effective that organisms are unable to develop resistance against it unlike when using traditional chemicals.

SAFE
USAGE

Used adequately and appropriately ozone is the safest currently available disinfecting agent if the sensible safety precautions are followed.

SHORT WITHDRAWAL TIME

The withdrawal time after the treatment with other gases can be several weeks long. By contrast ozone has a surprisingly short withdrawal time, just a few hours after the treatment.

NO RESIDUES

By transforming back into oxygen, ozone leaves back no residues whatsoever, unlike other biocide active substances.

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