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About Ozone

About Ozone

For many people, the first thought that comes to mind when talking about the ozone, is the layer of gas present in the earth's atmosphere, the famous ozone layer.
Ozone gas is much more than the layer that protects us!
It is a gas with infinite applications, in the most diverse fields of human activity.

Mimetizing nature

All the learning in the application of the ozone in the industrial area is nothing more, than mimicking nature, therefore, it is a natural, safe, clean and economically viable process.

When most people think of ozone, they think of the gas layer present in the Earth's atmosphere and that protects us from the action of ultraviolet gases.

However this gas, which can sometimes be detected as a fresh odor after the storms is currently a valuable tool for a variety of industrial uses with environmental commitment.

History

1840

Schönbein discovers the ozone and points out its properties.

1857

The first evidence of use of the ozone with disinfectant function is attributed to Dr. Kellogg on diphtheria.

1881

The first evidence of use of the ozone with disinfectant function is attributed to Dr. Kellogg on diphtheria.

1893

First treatment of water with ozone, installed in Ousbaden, Holland.

1982

FDA declares GRAS for use in bottled water.

2001

The FDA allows the use of ozone as a direct additive in food.

2008

FDA attributes the title GRAS to the ozone and allows its use as an antimicrobial for food.

Ozone in Nature

A natural system of self-cleaning.

In nature there is an oxygen cycle just as there is a water cycle.

Oxygen is released from the vegetables during photosynthesis. O2 is lighter than air and floats in the highest part of the atmosphere. In the region of 20-30 km in height, strong ultraviolet radiation (185-200 nm) bombards the oxygen converting it into ozone. The ozone generated in this way exists as a very thin layer in the atmosphere and blocks the portion of the UV spectrum it absorbs during the O2 - O3 conversion.

The concentration of O3 produced in an average storm is often 3 times greater than the limit allowed by the EPA. This ozone that is responsible for the wonderful fresh aroma after the rain is another tool of the natural system of self-cleansing that is offered to us by nature.

Production is dependent on the amount of energy released from the sun.

During the night and at the poles of the earth during the winter there is no ozone because there is no solar energy. The ozone is constantly produced in the high atmosphere when exposed to sunlight (UV).

Ozone is heavier than the air, so that when formed it begins to decant in the atmosphere.

In this downward movement, the reaction of the ozone with any pollutant that it finds occurs, cleaning the air. A natural system of self-cleansing.

Advantages of Ozone

Compared to chlorine, the ozone offers many advantages in food and beverage processing and in the sanitation of materials and surfaces. Chlorine has been used as a first-choice product in the food industry, however it is known that many by-products are derived from the oxidizing action of the Chlorine, such as the formation of THM (trihalomethanes), chloramines, dioxins that are produced in the chlorine reaction with organic matter. These substances are known as carcinogenic.

Ozone

Ozone

It does not cause allergies or irritations and does not discolor clothes and vinyl pools.

In contact with other compounds, it dissociates to oxygen.

The ozone is an excellent deodorizer, de-polarizer and clarifier.

It doesn’t leave residues.

It does not require transportation or consumes supplies, it is produced locally.

Chlorine

Chlorine

In the treatment of swimming pools, it causes problems such as irritation in the eyes, skin and discoloration of clothes.

In contact with proteins, it generates chlorinated organic compounds (chloramines), substances that contaminate the environment and are carcinogenic to humans.

Leaves odor, taste and white coloration in the water.

It generates toxic compounds, called trihalomethanes.

Necessity of acquiring and transporting hazardous chemicals.

Regulatory Mark

On June 23, 2001, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) organ conceded the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) title to ozone for use in food contact applications.