Ozone for fruit disinfection and storage for shelf life extension

Ozone system used for fruit and vegetable disinfection.  MET Ozone is trialing ozone in Germany to prove the effectiveness of ozone for applications in food processing and storage.

MET Ozone Experts widens its range of ozone gas and water-dissolved ozone generators and invests in agronomic research in cooperation with Agrisana Srl.

2014 was a positive year for MET, with many of its plants operating mostly in Italy, but also in Germany and the Middle East.

The hot an humid weather with temperatures above the seasonal average favoured the development of fungi and rot, which could be counteracted by stocking the produce in units with a low concentration of ozone.Using ozone has now been made easier and safer thanks to new sensors and alarms. There is no need for tanks because it is always generated according to demand and there are no residues.

The products that benefit the most from ozone gas are citrus fruit, stonefruit, small fruit, kiwis, melons, strawberries, tomatoes, chestnuts, potatoes… Ozone prevents mould from forming and slows down ripening. It also reduces bacterial loads and improves the appearance of fruit.

In Italy, the Ministry of Health recognised ozone as a “Natural sterilisation product” with protocol no. 24482 of July 1996 and, since June 26, 2001, the F.D.A. approved the use of ozone compatibly with human activities.

In cooperation with Agrisana Srl, the MET started a research project to study possible practical applications in the agricultural sector. Mr. Stefano Poppi explains that they came up with a revolutionary technology to sanitise the areas (greenhouses) where vegetables are cultivated. Experiments proved successful on basil, tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers, lettuce, aubergines, peppers and beans.

Additional tests are being carried out to verify its action against insects (mites, thrips, aphids, whitefly, etc.).

Ozone phytotherapy applied to control powdery mildew (Podosphera xantii).
Basil, ozone phytotherapy to control downy mildew (Peronospora belbahrii).

Vodka produced with Ozone!

Now, here is an interesting use for ozone that you will not see every day!  This guy is treating his vodka with ozone to remove impurities and create a better vodka.  It’s not every day you find a new use for ozone, but today you just did!

Published  8:35 PM CST Jan 27, 2015
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AMES, Iowa —A new vodka on the market claims to be the “world’s purest,” and it promises to give you less of a hangover.

IngeniOZ vodka was developed under a special patented process in Iowa by Hans Van Leeuwen, an Iowa State University civil, construction and environmental engineering professor.Bottles were put on Iowa store shelves since last June, and it is quickly gaining a following.

It’s a fully Iowa-made product as it’s made from Iowa corn. Bottles are purified and bottled at Iowa Distilling Company in Cumming.

Van Leeuwen said that while it won’t completely take away a hangover, the vodka’s purity makes it less severe. He said he adds ozone to the distillation process, which takes away all the impurities.

Van Leeuwen said impurities add to a hangover and some vodkas out there have dozens of them.

“We’ve taken a completely different approach that’s actually a great novelty and it’s the first time in 1,200 years, history of this of distillation that there is now something else that can be added onto the distillation to get to this high purity,” Van Leeuwen said.

“Most people, when they give us feedback, tell us that it appears to them to probably be the cleanest vodka that they’ve ever tried,” said Todd Dunkel, president of Iowa Distilling Company.

The name IngeniOZ stands for “ingenious” and “ozone,” and it can be found in many Iowa stores. A 750 milliliter bottle sells for about $24.

Ozone for Athletes

Ozone has many, many applications in this world, but here is an odd one.  Ozone was used as a blood treatment for athletes, and caused some to be banned from cyclo-cross racing.

Ozone is used for treatment of viral infections by injecting ozone into the blood external to the body, then re-injecting that blood back into the body.  This article does not claim that there were any benefits to ozone use beyond that, however one can only assume that there must be another reason ozone was used to to treat a healthy athlete.


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Favourites Meeusen, Sweeck excluded from ‘cross Worlds

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Ozone doping case also keeps Bart Wellens from consideration for Tabor team

Three of Belgium’s top cyclo-cross racers will not be in the team for the UCI World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic at the end of this month because of a long-running investigation into their doctor, who is accused of providing illegal ozone treatments to athletes. Tom Meeusen, one of the top favourites for the elite race, Laurens Sweeck, the favourite for the U23 race, and former world champion Bart Wellens have been deemed ineligible under UCI rules because of their connection to the case.

The case against Dr. Chris Mertens made headlines back in early 2013 when dozens of riders began being questioned by the authorities, who dug into patient records dating back to 2007 looking for evidence of blood manipulation using ozone therapy. The technique in which blood is withdrawn, treated with ozone, and then re-infused, is purported to treat viral infections. Under the WADA code, any method of blood manipulation is banned.

So far two riders, Pieter Van Herck and Stefan Van Dijk have been handed bans as part of the investigation.

It is not the first time that Meeusen has been kept from racing because of the investigation. In 2013, he was questioned for three hours and held out of the Rome World Cup, and missed the 2013 World Championships. On Twitter, Meeusen expressed his frustration, stating, “[It is] painful that I cannot defend my rights/opportunities on both a human and sporting level. #unfair.”

Meeusen is the third-ranked rider in the world in cyclo-cross and was runner-up at the recent Belgian National Championships. The Belgian team will instead consist of world number one rider Kevin Pauwels, second-ranked Wout Van Aert, Belgian champion Klaas Vantornout (5), former world champion Sven Nys (7), Rob Peeters (13) and Sunweb-Napoleon Games duo Gianni Vermeersch (22) and Tim Merlier (33). Reserves include Jens Adams (20) and Joeri Adams (97).

Sweeck, the top-ranked U23 rider behind Van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel, who will race the elite event, was the outright favourite for the title in the espoir race. Belgium will instead be represented by Toon Aerts, Quinten Hermans, Yannick Peeters, Diether Sweeck, Michael Vanthrouenhout and Daan Soete.


UVOTECH releases UV-Ozone Cleaning System

UVOTECH Systems, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of surface treatment equipment, announced the release of a new UV-Ozone Cleaning System, Model HELIOS-500. This is the first product in the HELIOS series of UV-Ozone Cleaners by UVOTECH.


The HELIOS-500 system is designed to be very compact, lightweight and economical. It includes an ultraviolet grid lamp for increased uniformity as well as a digital process timer which allows more accurate control over the process time. The drawer loading sample stage can accommodate up to 5”x5” substrates. Included pedestals allow for adjusting the distance between the UV source and substrate. This system also comes with a built-in hour-counter which will record the total hours of the UV lamp usage for maintenance purposes.

The UV Ozone Cleaning process is a photo-sensitized oxidation process in which the contaminant molecules of photo resists, resins, human skin oil, cleaning solvent residues, silicone oils, and flux are excited and/or dissociated by the absorption of short wavelength UV radiation. Atomic oxygen is simultaneously generated when molecular oxygen is dissociated by 185nm and ozone by 254nm ultraviolet wavelengths. The 254nm UV radiation is absorbed by most hydrocarbons and also by ozone. The products of this excitation of contaminant molecules react with atomic oxygen to form simpler, volatile molecules, which desorbs from the surface. Therefore, when both UV wavelengths are present atomic oxygen is continuously generated, and ozone is continually formed and destroyed.

Using a UV-Ozone Cleaner, near atomically clean surfaces can be achieved in minutes without any damage to your devices. This fast method of obtaining ultra-clean surfaces free of organic contaminants on most substrates, such as quartz, silicon, gold, nickel, aluminum, gallium arsenide, alumina, glass slides, etc. can easily be achieved by utilizing a UV-Ozone Cleaner in just a few minutes.

Global and China Ozone Disinfection Machine Industry

Global and China Ozone Disinfection Machine Industry Market 2014, New Report Launched

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2423457#ixzz3OSM8zHe8

Market Research Reports, Inc. has announced the addition of “2014 Deep Research Report on Global and China Ozone Disinfection Machine Industry” research report to their website http://www.MarketResearchReports.com

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Ozone dipole diagram
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In the end, The report introduced Ozone Disinfection Machine new project SWOT analysis Investment feasibility analysis investment return analysis and also give related research conclusions and development trend analysis on China Ozone Disinfection Machine industry. In a word, it was a depth research report on China Ozone Disinfection Machine industry. And thanks to the support and assistance from Ozone Disinfection Machine industry chain related technical experts and marketing engineers during Research Team survey and interviews.

Spanning over 157 pages, “2014 Deep Research Report on Global and China Ozone Disinfection Machine Industry” report covering the Ozone Disinfection Machine Industry Overview, Ozone Disinfection Machine International and China Market Analysis, Ozone Disinfection Machine Technical Data and Manufacturing Plants Analysis, Ozone Disinfection Machine Production by Regions by Technology by Applications, Ozone Disinfection Machine Manufacturing Process and Cost Structure, Ozone Disinfection Machine Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and Forecast, Ozone Disinfection Machine Key Manufacturers Analysis, Up and Down Stream Industry Analysis, Ozone Disinfection Machine Marketing Channels Analysis, Ozone Disinfection Machine Industry Development Trend, Ozone Disinfection Machine Industry Development Proposals, Ozone Disinfection Machine New Project Investment Feasibility Analysis, China Ozone Disinfection Machine Industry Research Conclusions.

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Thunderstorms and Ozone

This is a great article that surfaced this week.

This researcher determined that thunderstorms jet streams and air circulation bring ozone to ground-level in substantial quantities.

I personally love that “fresh” smell after a great spring thunderstorm in Iowa.  As an ozone nut, I always took for granted that the lightening during that storm creates substantial quantities of ozone, and yes, it most likely does.  However, this research shows that thunderstorms can bring ozone to earth, without the help of lightening at all.

This research could go a long way to us understanding the earth we live in, and how pollution and other gasses in the air may affect our environment and the air we breathe!


The finding has implications for climate change and air quality

January 7, 2015 | A new study in Geophysical Research Letters offers for the first time unequivocal evidence that large storms move significant amounts of ozone from the stratosphere down to the troposphere, the lowest part of the atmosphere. The finding has implications for global climate because tropospheric ozone is a powerful greenhouse gas as well as a pollutant that affects human health and the environment.

The research, led by NCAR scientist Laura Pan, means that scientists may have to re-evaluate climate models with regard to the transport of ozone. Those models generally do not include the role of thunderstorms, as they deal with larger and longer-range phenomena.

It was already well established that tropospheric ozone originates in significant measure in the stratosphere. But the transport was primarily attributed to jet streams and other sources of circulation.

The new study has its roots in a 2012 field project, known as the Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry Experiment (DC3), that was based in the Great Plains and focused on the impact of storms on chemical composition of the atmosphere. On the night of May 30, the research aircraft flew through a line of large thunderstorms over Kansas. One of the research aircraft, the NASA DC-8, flew just above the storms in the lower stratosphere, carrying an instrument known as a Differential Absorption Lidar, or DIAL, to measure ozone levels.

 A rotating supercell thunderstorm moves across northeast Colorado.

A rotating supercell thunderstorm moves across northeast Colorado. Thunderstorms such as this move ozone down from the stratosphere into the lower atmosphere. (©UCAR. Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Pan subsequently discovered that, during that flight, the DIAL instrument recorded a phenomenon that was only hinted before but never observed in an unambiguous fashion. Above the leading edge of the eastward moving storm, DIAL registered a curtain of ozone dipping below the stratosphere, where it was relatively abundant, into the troposphere. On a graph, this ozone-rich air resembled a ram’s horn whose wide end was pushed eastward ahead of the storm and whose narrow end curved westward into the storm.

By examining the DIAL data and those from other instruments, the scientists determined that the “ram’s horn,” containing 150 parts per billion by volume (ppbv) of ozone, extended down to an altitude of about 8 km—or about 4 km (~2.5 miles) into the troposphere. At the same altitudes, but away from the storm system, ozone accounted for only 60 to 100 ppbv. In addition, thin filaments of the enhanced ozone extended about 100 km from the cloud’s edge.

The researchers then set out to study the ozone transport process by numerically simulating the May 30 storm. Their simulation reproduced the ram’s horn and other observations made during the flight, demonstrating that deep convective storms like the one studied are capable of perturbing the tropopause, normally a stable barrier between stratosphere and troposphere.

The authors say that the phenomenon challenges global chemistry climate models, since hundreds of storms like the one observed occur over the United States every summer, adding an as yet undermined quantity of ozone into the troposphere. Further, they say, as storm behavior may change in an evolving climate, it is important to understand and incorporate this process into global chemistry-climate models.

Laura L. Pan, Cameron R. Homeyer, Shawn Honomichl, Brian A. Ridley, Morris Weisman, Mary C. Barth, Johnathan W. Hair, Marta A. Fenn, Carolyn Butler, Glenn S. Diskin, James H. Crawford, Thomas B. Ryerson, Ilana Pollack, Jeff Peischl, and Heidi Huntrieser (2014), Thunderstorms Enhance Tropospheric Ozone by Wrapping and Shedding Stratospheric Air, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 7785-7790, doi: 10.1002/2014GL061921

Growth in the ozone Technology Market

Article listed below recently hit the news headlines.  I would take caution with this information, while I do believe the ozone industry will grow, I do question some of the data they provide in this information.

Take a close look at the ozone companies they feel are poised for growth, some of these are not major players in the ozone industry and are not on the cutting edge of growth for sure.

The main goal here is to sell a document that may, or may not have relevant information.  Buyer beware on this for sure.

Persistence Market Research: The Ozone Technology Market Will Grow at a CAGR of 8.1% During 2014-2020

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ozone Technology: Air and Gas to Witness Highest Growth by 2020. This report states that growing at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2014 to 2020, the global ozone technology market will reach $1242 million in 2020 from US$715.4 million in 2013.

Read full report: http://www.persistencemarketresearch.com/market-research/ozone-technology-market.asp

The global ozone technology market is essentially driven by greater industrialization, greater urbanization, and high incidence of water contamination. Ozone technology is extensively used for air purification, and disinfection of equipment, water, and surfaces. In healthcare, ozone technology is used in therapy of life threatening diseases. The global ozone technology market is segmented on the basis of application and geography. The various application segments include medicine, potable water, air and gas treatment, waste water, industrial water, and other water. The air and gas segment is expected to witness robust growth in the forthcoming years. The advantages of ozonation include cost benefits, high potential for oxidation, absence of toxic by-products, and quicker processing time as against the conventional techniques of disinfection.

Regionally, the ozone technology market is classified into Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. Interestingly, this highly fragmented market is dominated only by a handful of leading industry players. The challenges facing the global ozone technology market are rising incidence of chronic health problems due to unsafe exposure to ozone, high cost of installation, and high power consumption. Growth of the ozone technology market in many countries is also driven by strict implementation of water treatment regulations that focus on modification of water disinfection methods.

The key players operating in the global ozone technology are BWT Group, MKS Instruments, Inc., Xylem Inc., OZOMAX Inc., OZONIA, and DEL Ozone

Ozone Monitors and sensors

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Skeletal formula of ozone with partial charges shown with some dimensionsBall and stick model of ozone

C16 Ozone Detector

C-16 PortaSens II Gas Detector
C16 Ozone Leak Detector – $1,450

C16 Ozone Leak Detector is a great sensor for personal use and ozone leak detection.  Interchangeable sensors, quick response time, and integrated data logging make this an extremely versatile tool.


Aeroqual S-500
Aeroqual Series-500 Ozone Monitor – $1,285

Aeroqual Series-500 is the perfect sensor when accuracy and logging of the ozone levels is a must.  Thes S-500 has the easiest to use data logging software of any ozone sensor.  Also audible alarms, relays, controls, and interchangeable heads make the Series-500 extremely versatile.

A-21 Ozone Monitor

A-21ZX Ozone Sensor

A-21ZX Ozone Monitor – $679

The A21ZX Ozone Sensor is the best selling handheld ozone sensor on the market today.  Simple to use, and reliable sensor is great for personal safety and leak detection.

A-22 Ozone Monitor

A-22 Ozone Sensor

A-22 Ozone Monitor – $990

A general purpose sensor and monitor. Designed for rugged indoor field use, factories, pilot plants, process facilities, and sensor and monitoring uses of all kinds. Uses the same precalibrated sensor modules as our OS-4 permanent monitor and controller. All digital technology.

EZ-1X Ozone Detector

EZ-1X Handheld Ozone Detector

EZ-1X Ozone Detector – $345

The EZ-1X is a Low cost hand held and fixed ozone sensor that measures ozone from 0.02-0.14 ppm.  Perfect for measuring ozone in the OSHA levels.



Series-200 Ozone Monitor – $695

A general purpose sensor and monitor. Designed for rugged indoor field use, factories, pilot plants, process facilities, and sensor and monitoring uses of all kinds. Uses the same precalibrated sensor modules as our OS-4 permanent monitor and controller. All digital technology.

F12 Gas Transmitter

F-12 Gas Transmitter

F12 Gas Transmitter – $1150

The F12 is an Intrinsically Safe Ozone Monitor for hazardous duty applications.  Integrated relays, controls, and optional remote mount sensor.

SM-70 Ozone Monitor

Aeroqul SM-70 ozone sensor

Aeroqual SM-70 – $590

The SM70 monitor/controller (with display) is designed for basic ozone monitoring where simple control outputs (0-5V & a relay) are required.

Aeroqual Series-200


Series-200 Ozone Monitor – $695

A general purpose sensor and monitor. Designed for rugged indoor field use, factories, pilot plants, process facilities, and sensor and monitoring uses of all kinds. Uses the same precalibrated sensor modules as our OS-4 permanent monitor and controller. All digital technology.

C-30ZX Ozone Monitor

C-30ZX Ozone Monitor

C-30ZX Ozone Monitor – $480

Perfect for ozone generator control, or basic safety.  Ozone range from 0-0.14, and easy to see display that changes from green to yellow, to red.  Audible alarm, and one control relay

OS-4 Remote Ozone Switch

OS-4 Ozone Switch

OS-4 Ozone Monitor – $775

The OS-4 Remote mount ozone sensor is a powerful device in a compact package. The SM-4 sensing module plugs into the OS-4 with included wire and can be mounted up to 100 meters away from the OS-4

OS-6 Remote Ozone Controller

OS-6 Ozone Controller

OS-6 Ozone Controller – $845

A remote mount ozone controller, the OS-6 offers ozone control, safety relays, and an ozone sensor that can be mounted in a remote location.

Series-960 Ozone Analyzer

Series 960 Ozone Photometer

Aeroqual Series-960 – $3,485

The Aeroqual Series 960 UV Ozone Photometer is designed to measure ozone from 0-200 ppm using UV absorption technology.  The 960 has an integrated dispaly along with all the features you would expect from a standard benchtop analyzer but with a much lower price.

UV-H Ozone Analyzer

UV-H Ozone Analyzer

Aeroqual UV-H – $4,450

UV-H Ozone Photometer is a benchtop ozone analyzer that measures ozone from 0-200 ppm with a 0.01 ppm resolution.  The accuracy of a UV Analyzer at a much lower cost is the main advantage of this device.

UV-1 Ozone Analyzer

UV-1 Ozone Analyzer

Aeroqual UV-1 – $2,890

UV-1 Ozone Analyzer is the perfect OEM solution to your high accuracy ozone analyzer needs. In applications where standard ozone sensors will not offer accurate readings due to interference or other limiting factors.

UV-100 Ozone Analyzer

UV-100 Ozone analzyer benchmount

EcoSensors UV-100 – $4,095

EcoSensors UV-100 Ozone Analyzer is a benchtop analyzer capable of measuring ozone from 0.01 – 900 ppm.  Integrated data logging and control relays.

D12 Ozone Tranmitter

D-12 Explosion Proof Ozone Monitor

D12 Gas Transmitter – $1150

ATI’s D12 Ozone Transmitter is rated for Explosion Proof environments up to Class 1, Div 1.  This is a true hazard duty gas monitor for the roughest of environments.


Aeroqual Series 930, shown with optional strobe and siren

Aeroqual Series-930 – $910

Aeroqual Series-930 is a networkable ozone monitor with communications, RS-485, 4-20 mA, and relays for control.  All operated by user software right from your desk.

SM-50 OEM Ozone Sensor

SM-50 OEM ozone sensor

Aeroqual SM-50 – $350

OEM, Aeroqual SM-50 sensor module provides ppb level ozone measurement in a flexible cost effective package.

The SM50 is also the replacement sensor used inside the SM70 ozone monitor.

OEM-1 OEM Ozone Sensor

OEM-1 Ozone Controller

EcoSensors OEM-1 – $250

OEM-1 Ozone Controller is great for integrated solutions or use within your ozone generator. A simple and effective method to control ozone levels, or shut down equipment in the event of an ozone leak.  The OEM-1 is a 120 VAC powered device that offers a 0-1 VDC output signal.

OEM-2 Ozone Sensor

EcoSensors OEM-2 Ozone Sensor

EcoSensors OEM-2 – $325

OEM-2 Ozone Controller is great for integrated solutions or use within your ozone generator. A simple and effective method to control ozone levels, or shut down equipment in the event of an ozone leak.  The OEM-2 is a 12/24 VDC powered board that offers a 4-20 mA output