Ozone and Nature
Ozone gets a bad rap. "Good ozone" is found in the upper atmosphere and is responible for protecting us from harmful UV rays. "Bad ozone" is a component of air pollution, and we sometimes encounter it in the lower layer of the atmosphere. The fact is that ozone is a form of oxygen, and is one of nature's most powerful oxidizers (oxidation is the natural process that purifies water and other substances). Ozone provides clean, pollution-free sanitation in a variety of applications, such as commercial aquatic faciliaties, swimming pools, spas and many other industries that require clean and safe water. Unlike harsh chemicals or salt, ozone does not create any dangerous by-products, corrosion, or disposal issues. Its only by-product is oxygen. Ozone is also an EPA approved antimicrobial, disinfectant, and sanitizer that has been in use worldwide for over a century.
Ozone, Oxidation, and Sanitation
Ozone is a form of oxygen that is created when electrical energy breaks apart from an oxygen molecule (O2), which effectively results in the creation of ozone (O3). Ozone’s power comes from the extra oxygen atom that splits off to combine with organic and inorganic compounds. This is where oxidation comes into play. The third oxygen atom detaches and destroys those organic and inorganic compounds. After these substances have been destroyed, the O2 molecule - natural oxygen - is left behind.
Where Does Ozone Come From?
Ozone is produced mainly by sunlight and lightning. Both of these powerful forces will split the strong bond that holds the two atoms of ordinary oxygen together, and will create free oxygen atoms. These free atoms immediately seek to bond with oxygen molecules, which then forms ozone.
Ozone Generators Create Ozone for Sanitation
Back down on earth, DEL's ozone generators create beneficial ozone through Corona Discharge technology. We really can say that we make lightning in a bottle to create ozone. Ozone from ozone generators acts just like ozone in nature - they oxidize the substances they comes into contact with. This includes a wide range of chemicals and organics that can be oxidized, including bacteria, viruses, algae, oils, human fluids, fungus, chlorine byproducts like chloramines, and some metallic elements. This potent oxidizer combines with contaminants so rapidly that it usually exists in water for only a very short time, leaving nothing behind but ordinary oxygen (O2). Ozone is a better sanitizing agent than other alternatives, as it acts against a wider range of contaminants, including dangerous water-borne illnesses like cryptosporidium, which chlorine cannot kill.
Learn more about ozone, its properites, and industry applications on our Education page.