New Product: The FIOX Water System

The FIOX iron removal filter oxidizes any dissolved iron in the water with oxygen and ozone. The oxygen is pulled in from ambient air and the ozone is generated on site with a small ozone generator. The oxidized iron is filtered out with the back washable sand filter. The I-OX filters utilize an air injection system to remove iron (ferrous or clear water), manganese, and sulfur from the water via both oxidation and filtration. Unlike other iron filter alternatives, I-OX technology is designed for use in a single tank and valve system configuration, reducing both acquisition and maintenance costs yet delivering years of trouble-free service. No chemical additives or air compressors are required for operation or regeneration with the I-OX filters advanced design.

How does the I-OX filter work? During system regeneration, an air pocket is created when air is drawn in through an injector located in the brine port. During service, untreated water passes through the air pocket oxidizing any iron, sulfur, and manganese. The particles are filtered out. Then the system’s regeneration cycle backwashes the bed and replaces the air pocket, allowing the process to begin again.

Principles of Operation 

The ozone component provides protection from the common problem of iron bacteria bio-film which will plug up iron filtration systems unless the bacteria are controlled. Ozone is an energized O3 form of oxygen which not only accelerates oxidation of iron, but also destroys bacteria in the process.

FIOX Tank Benefits

     -Protect appliances and fixtures from staining

     -Low-cost – only requiring periodic backwashing

-No filter changing – Low maintenance

     -High iron removal efficiency

     -Reduce hydrogen sulfide

Features

     -Time-tested, hydraulically-balanced piston, seals and spacers control service flow and backwash

     -Non-corrosive, fiber-reinforced polymer construction

     -Electronic control

     -Environmental cover

     -Quick connect clip design

     -Keeps the time-of-day during a power outage to eliminate the need of a service call to set the clock

     -Corrosion free bypass valve

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The Many Options for Ozone Destruct Devices

We have a wide variety of different products that can be used for ozone destruction. Whether you are looking to destroy ozone at the source with our CDU series, or if you’re trying to eliminate ozone from ambient air with our CDA products, we have the ozone destruct devices that will fit your specific applications. Along with these typical destruct units, we also provide service kits to repair your destruct devices, as well as UV water purification systems. The CDU series offers many different customizable options, such as adding a water trap, wall bracket or blower assembly, however the newest option we have added is the polished finish. (Below)

The polished finish brings an extremely noticeable and unbelievably clean look to the typical ozone destruct unit. This is the perfect option for anyone searching for a top-of-the-line look and still doesn’t require you to break the bank. Along with the destruct units themselves, we also offer some destruct device services. The destruct units destroy ozone because of the carulite that is inside of them. We recently had a customer that needed a large number of their destruct units filled with carulite. (See Below) If you have any questions about ozone destruction, or have any ozone-related questions/issues you’d like to figure out, please contact us today and we would be happy to help.

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Jacob’s Ladder Demonstration

Here we have a makeshift Jacob’s Ladder, created by one of our ozone experts. The Jacob’s Ladder does a good job of giving a visual explanation for how ozone is created on an extremely small scale. What you are seeing is essentially what is happening on the inside of an ozone generator to create ozone. The process is really quite simple, the arc that you can see is just heated ionized gas. The gas molecules like oxygen are broken down to where they are at an atomic level and then ionized. While the oxygen molecules are broken down, they can more easily collide and bind with different molecules. For the creation of ozone, the oxygen molecules bind with O2 to create O3.

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Custom Solutions from Ozone Experts

We recently had a customer contact us in need of an ozone destruct unit. This particular customer runs a company where they sell ozonated water out of their store. The process to ozonate and disinfect the water was taking place in a backroom in the store. Because of the high foot traffic in the store with customers and employees constantly going into and leaving the store, it was important that ambient ozone levels remained low. The problem was that too much ozone was leaking out into the air, creating an environment that had the possibility to become unsafe. When one of our ozone specialists spoke with the customer on the phone, they had figured a CDA destruct unit would be the best option, considering it would be able to circulate the ambient air and destroy any ozone that may be present. However, our technician thought that a different route may be best. After some time going over the dilemma, our ozone specialist recommended a custom CDU-300 ozone destruct device. This decision was reached because it would be best to destroy the ozone in the tank where it was being used to ozonate the water, instead of waiting for the ozone to leak from the tanks before trying to destroy it. The final product is this CDU-300 (seen below) with a blower assembly to destroy ozone at the source, and not allow it to get into the ambient air. This just goes to show how speaking with an ozone expert can help you get the optimal product that will best fit your specific applications.

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Newly Added Used Ozone Products

We have added a ton of used products to our website recently, all available at a discounted price. All of the used products that you see on our website have been inspected, and we promise that they will work like new. We have used ozone generators, monitors, oxygen concentrators, and ozone systems all listed at a great price and in great working condition. If there is a used product you are looking for, but don’t see on our website, please contact us, we’d be happy to try and find a suitable replacement for you.

Used Ozone Generators

Used Ozone Monitors

Used Oxygen Concentrators

Used Ozone Systems

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OXO10-OEM Assembly vs. ATF-15 Oxygen Concentrator

ATF-15 Oxygen Concentrator
OXO10-OEM Oxygen Concentrator

With all of the different oxygen concentrators that we have to offer, it can sometimes be difficult to discern between all of the options to figure out what is the best product for you. In this article we will be comparing the ATF-15 to OXO10-OEM oxygen concentrator. Lately, we have been recommending customers purchase the OXO10-OEM as opposed to the ATF-15, this is primarily because of the cost difference and similar performance specifications.

OXO10-OEM Assembly

The OXO10-OEM is capable of efficiently producing 21 SCFH (10 LPM) of oxygen from an OEM oxygen concentrator module @ 15 PSI and costs $1,450. One of the great things about this oxygen concentrator is that it only requires electrical power and compressed air for operation. Because of the compact design, the OXO10-OEM is made to fit into your existing system where high oxygen purity is needed. The OXO10 also includes an air pressure gauge, along with an air pressure relief valve for increased safety. One of the convenient features from the OXO10 is the rebuildable components. The sieve beds and valves are all replaceable, which leads to saving money in the long-run since you will not need to replace the entire system.

ATF-15

The ATF-15 is capable of producing 15 SCFH of oxygen at 18 PSI and costs $1,989. A patented single rotary distribution valve built into the ATF module continually rotates at a low speed from a small motor. The valve is maintenance-free, self-cleaning, insensitive to contamination, and invulnerable to wear. It directs the flow of compressed air to a group of four sieve beds (adsorption), while another four beds are purged into the atmosphere through the valve (desorption). The remaining four of the twelve beds are interconnected through the valve to equalize pressure as the sieve beds sequentially transition between adsorption and desorption.

Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Technology

Both of these oxygen concentrators incorporate PSA technology. PSA technology is essentially separating the oxygen (21%) from the air it is provided and returns the nitrogen (78%) to the atmosphere through a waste gas muffler. The main component to this technology is a material called Molecular Sieve (Zeolite). This sieve is an inert, ceramic-life material that is designed to absorb nitrogen more readily than oxygen. This process is reliable, virtually maintenance-free and will last indefinitely as long as it does not become contaminated with water or oil vapors.

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The Key to Odor Removal – Ozone

The Process

Ozone is arguably the most efficient tactic we can use to get rid of foul odors. This is because ozone has the ability to eradicate odors at their source. Ozone can do this because it is able to adjust the chemical makeup of the molecules that are creating the bad smell. Ozone is considered to be unstable because it is made up of three oxygen atoms. Eliminating bad smells with ozone occurs when the third oxygen atom attaches to the molecules that are creating the odor. This detachment/attachment onto the foul molecules change the molecular structure of whatever is creating the bad smell, and essentially changes them to non-smelling molecules. This is the process that makes ozone a necessity when traditional remedies like baking soda or store-bought cleaning supplies simply won’t do the trick.  

Popular Applications

There are a number of different instances where ozone use would be preferred because the smell you are dealing with is simply too stubborn. One of the most common instances where ozone could be used is in regard to getting rid of cigarette odors. Cigarette smells can be especially pesky for a couple reasons, such as the smell being absorbed into fabrics (carpet, car seats), and also because cigarettes have been smoked in an area for years on end without the area ever being properly cleaned. For applications like getting the smoke smell out of cars, it is important to note that ozone on its own will not be the answer to completely getting rid of the smell. You should also have your car’s carpet deep cleaned, as well the air conditioning system cleaned out. If you fail to also follow these steps, the smoke smell will continue to come back.

Dealing with pet odors is another time when ozone may be the right solution. Ozonating specific parts of your house where your pet typically resides will get rid of the smell that your pet causes. Another popular application is getting rid of the smell caused by mold and mildew. An important thing to remember is that if you have mold, the use of ozone will not get rid of the already present mold. Using ozone in this instance will get rid of the smell that the mold is causing, and could also help in stopping the growth of mold. However, ozone will not kill the mold itself.

Safety Precautions

When it comes to using ozone for odor removal, the ozone levels present will be above the exposure limits for humans (and pets for that matter). Because of this, please remember to take some safety precautions before you begin the process of oxidizing an area.

                -Always remember to make sure that children and pets are out of the area and are unable to get into the area that you are oxidizing.

                -Wait approximately 2-4 hours after the ozone generator is done running before returning to the area where it was used.

                -In addition to human safety concerns, exposure to high enough ozone concentrations can also kill plants, cause damage to rubber, and discolor different materials, so make sure to take items out of the area you’re oxidizing to ensure they don’t get ruined.

What We Recommend

We like to suggest our Ambient Ozone Generator Rental for individuals looking to treat foul odors with ozone. This ozone generator rental is capable of efficiently producing 2.5 g/hr of ozone, and its lightweight, compact design make it incredibly portable. It uses a stainless-steel electrode corona discharge to create the ozone, enhancing reliability. For more information, as well as purchasing options, please click here!

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Sources: Molekule.Science, The Washington Post, Solution Ozone

Cannabis: A Unique Perspective

The article below was written by Jim Lauria posted to Linkedin. This is a great article on the potential future growth of the cannabis market and role ozone oxidation may play in this industry.

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Cannabis: A Unique Perspective

The cannabis industry is riding sky-high and heading for the clouds as legalization expands and markets grow. Cannabis growers are also poised to lead agriculture in water use efficiency and gain an upper hand in long-term contests over access to precious water.

I have a unique perspective on cannabis. For one thing, I have been studying water use in the crop since researching my first article on the topic in 2017, and continuing through the current day. In fact, I recently co-authored an article for Ozone News with Tony Sacco of Spartan Environmental Technologies on the many uses of ozone in cannabis production and processing, and presented on the subject at the International Ozone Association’s 2021 U.S. conference.

But my unique perspective is much older, and much more unique. Back in the 1980s, I was an environmental engineer at one of the largest sugar mills in the world, which also operated the largest furnace in the Florida county where we were located. I would often get a call from the county asking for help burning caches of old documents. Imagine my surprise when one of those document destruction runs turned out to be a 6-ton load of confiscated marijuana that the county sheriff needed to destroy! Let’s just say that our stack emissions that day may well have set a record for the world’s biggest bong

In all seriousness, most states—including Florida—have legalized some form of cannabis use or decriminalized the drug, opening markets to many very sophisticated growers. The pressure to deliver the most crop per drop, especially in irrigated crop production areas like the West and parts of the South, make water too precious to apply to crops that can be rainfed, and will likely tip the balance toward high-value crops like cannabis. The water industry has much to learn from producers who have spent decades fine-tuning their water use efficiency and growing techniques—and a lot to gain from exploring how our technologies fit this top-dollar crop.

Booming Market

One of the biggest drivers behind cannabis’ inevitable domination of water resources is the staggering value of the crop. According to Grand View Research, the global market for legal marijuana was estimated at $9.6 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 26.7% from 2001 through 2028. Cannabis is already the largest crop in California—the state that produces one-third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruit. At $11 to $17 billion per year and 60 to 70% of the nation’s pot sales, California’s cannabis crop dwarfs the number-two agricultural product, the state’s $6.7 billion milk and cheese industry.

You probably noticed the disparity between the Grand View figures and the California numbers. The difference is the illegal cannabis market. According to Ted Grantham, co-director of the cannabis program at the University of California, Berkeley, legal cannabis farms represent just 20 to 25% of the state’s total cannabis operations. That means there is a vast number of small, unregulated cannabis farms in the state, many of which are tapping water supplies illegally. What we don’t know is how many farms or how much water, though indications in rural counties in California’s Emerald Triangle are that water demand for cannabis is so high that it is affecting streams and residential wells. Though those operations are off-the-books, their water management tactics will also need to incorporate efficient water technologies, too.

Astronomical Returns

With such massive revenue numbers, it’s no surprise that cannabis cultivation generates huge returns on water—astronomical “crop per drop.” A study by the Denver University Law Review found that cannabis production in Colorado returned 22 cents to $6.67 per gallon of water used, and compared that to potatoes—another huge Colorado crop—which returned 2 to 3 cents per gallon.

Part of the disparity goes back to the value of the crop. Think of it—you’re comparing a crop that’s sold by the gram to a commodity that’s marketed in 10-pound bags…and wholesaled in 50-to-100-pound increments. In January 2021, cannabis flower wholesaled at $1,721 per pound in Colorado, according to MJBiz Daily, while 100 pounds of Colorado russet potatoes sold for $17.00 wholesale. That’s a 100x difference. Ten thousand percent.

With returns like that, cannabis producers will make a strong case for creating the highest and best economic use for irrigation water where they have the rights. And efficiency will likely stay on the high side of the range, or continue to improve, as cannabis production is increasingly driven inside controlled environments like greenhouses or high tunnels. Improved yields and quality from indoor production, along with neighbor complaints about unpleasant odor from outdoor grows, will cement indoor production as the preferred approach to cannabis cultivation.

There, too, cannabis is the new king. According to Agrilyst, cannabis yields $112 per square foot in value in the greenhouse, compared to $64 for indoor greens and $22 for indoor strawberries.

Technology Driven

As cannabis producers invest in indoor production—a substantial commitment—and the legal market demands the kind of quality and traceability that wine and food buyers do, cannabis growers will be held to Good Agricultural Practices and beyond. To comply with those demands and maximize their profits through increased efficiency, those growers will seek the best in water application, treatment and reuse technologies.

This is no longer the neighborhood supplier growing in a blacked-out basement.

Maintaining basic safety will demand sanitation. For sanitation-in-place maintenance of growing facilities and equipment, we are seeing significant interest in ozone-injecting sanitation carts and wall-mounted ozone sanitation systems, which allow growers to effectively sanitize without the need for (or dangers of) steaming hot water. Within drip irrigation or hydroponic water delivery systems, ozone and other sanitation agents can be injected to control biofilm, which can plug emitters and valves, as well as harbor pathogens.

Ozone or air can also be injected into irrigation water to aerate roots through systems like Mazzei AirJection, a process that has been proven by agronomists around the world to improve yield and quality in vegetables, fruits, and a wide range of commodities. As competition tightens and branded cannabis becomes as coveted as favorite wine labels, we can expect to see deep interest in yield and quality improvement techniques.

At the end of the irrigation line, ozone, advanced oxidation process (AOP) systems, and sophisticated filtration will be needed to permit the reuse and recycling of water, or treat wastewater for discharge.

My exploration of the applications for ozone in cannabis production have even pointed to opportunities for gaseous ozone in cleaning cannabis flower—at rates low enough to avoid damaging the product—or neutralizing odorous terpenes in air before exhausting it into the environment.

Further Research

On a state-by-state basis, cannabis offers tremendous opportunities for innovative water technologies. And many cannabis industry experts expect federal approval in the U.S. in the future, as we’ve seen in Canada. Federal approval will be important not just because it allows producers and buyers access to the banking system, or even interstate marketing of cannabis that will reward top growers. It will open the door to research and development across the country—and we can bet that some of the research will advance water efficiency and highlight the role of water technology in delivering high, profitable yields of safe product.

In the modern-day land rush that is the emerging legal cannabis industry, the crop is likely to find its way to the head of the line when it comes to high-efficiency, high-return use of water resources. The skill of the growers, the value of the crop and growing demand for top-quality, even branded cannabis, will follow in the footsteps of the wine industry. We in the water industry will be wise to teach cannabis growers about the remarkable tools we put at their disposal to help them improve quality and efficiency, and also to learn from the many innovators in cannabis production how careful water management can turn every drop of water into green.

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Air Treatment

Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have had ozone applied to them on a large scale, there are some major reasons behind this, such as:

                -The public has become growingly aware that indoor air quality (IAQ) can be can be improved

                -Heightened intolerance towards smoking along with the increased knowledge that common chemicals can negatively impact IAQ

                -Technological advancements within the ozone industry (particularly in ozone generators/monitors) make system controls more realistic

                -Payback economics: savings in energy along with other factors

The main industrial sectors to heavily invest in ozone air treatment are gaming institutions like casinos, bingo halls, and card rooms, as well as applications within the hospitality industry (restaurants, showrooms, bowling alleys). These areas have seen high returns investing in air quality, in large part due to the common chemicals in these areas that would lower overall air quality (ex: cigarettes being allowed in most gaming buildings). Many smaller projects have also been applicated to places like taverns, designated smoking areas and advanced technology facilities where complete-building air treatment is not deemed necessary.

Most voiced objections towards ozone are in reference to its overall safety. When using ozone in public areas, the concentrations must be kept below the harmful levels. Self-controlling systems, that combine advanced ozone generation with ozone monitoring systems make this increasingly possible. However, among cognizant agencies, we do see discernment as to what should be deemed the safe levels and suitable ozone concentration guidelines. For areas where people gather together, the US FDA has stated a limit of .05 ppm. HVAC systems are programmed with automatic controls to typically stay under concentrations of .03-.05 ppm. However, these concentrations are lower than what we see occur naturally in outdoor settings, in most regions. “For ozone injected into HVAC systems it is absolutely necessary to include ozone sensors to automatically control the ozone concentration in areas where the public congregate.”

2 Major Applications

                -Casinos: Gaming facilities are continually growing worldwide, and a majority of resorts are now including them. Smoking is typically found in high quantities in most casinos, and it is a major irritant for customers as well as employees. Ozone is incredibly effective in getting rid of the unpleasant smell caused by smoking, due to the variety of VOC’s that can be found in the smoke.

                -Dubai International Airport: Odds are this is the largest ozonated HVAC system in the world, with the air treatment being applicated to all of the buildings. The airport has over 300 ozone sensor/controllers along with VOC sensor/controllers. There are many ozone generators spread throughout the HVAC ductwork, treating virtually all of the interior spaces. Preliminary findings from the Dubai International Airport were passengers and employees noted a pleasant air smell, as well as improved air quality. The airport also cut costs by spending less on maintenance, mainly because they no longer had to replace carbon filters.

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Sources: Rip Rice, from the IOA https://www.ioa-pag.org/

OXS Injection Systems for Aquaculture and Hydroponics

OXS Water Treatment System

In the above image you can see an OXS-10 Ozone Water System. Ozone is an incredibly efficient component when it comes to aquaculture and hydroponics. In reference to hydroponics, the use of ozone can help in oxygenating root zones, as well as disinfecting and enhancing the hydroponic water quality. For aquaculture, ozone is used to improve water quality, reduce pathogens, and increase efficiency of the water treatment systems. We created a video going through the functions of the OXS-10, to see the video, Please Click Here! You can also Click Here to see more information, as well as purchasing options, for the OXS Ozone Water System.

Aquaculture

Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, algae, and other organisms in all types of water environments. 2 of the main applications we see ozone used in aquaculture is for fish farming and ozonated ice. Ozone works great for fish farming because it keeps the water cleaner, and therefore, the fish healthier. Healthier fish can eat more feed and grow bigger/faster. After fish are harvested, they are usually put on ice. By dissolving ozone into water and quickly freezing the water, ozone is essentially trapped within the ice. Locking ozone into the ice and setting the fish on top of the ice allows for the ozone to be slowly released and increases the shelf life for the fish.

Hydroponics

One of the definitions of hydroponics is as follows, “Hydroponics is a technology for growing plants in nutrient solutions (water and fertilizers) with or without the use of artificial medium (ex., sand, gravel, vermiculite, rockwool) to provide mechanical support. Liquid hydroponic systems have no other supporting medium for the plant roots: aggregate systems have a solid medium of support.”

Hydroponics Benefits

  • Water Conservation
  • Produce Higher Yields
  • Less Labor Requirements
  • No Soil Needs
  • High Quality Foods

How Does Ozone Enhance Hydroponics?

Ozone allows us to disinfect water before it is used in a hydroponic system and gives us more control over the pathogens and algae that are present. Because of ozone’s efficiency in disinfection it is great for destroying bacteria, virus, and fungi, as well as eliminating microbes, algae and pathogens. It also gives us the ability to increase oxygen levels in the plants which can aid in increasing crop yields. Using ozone for disinfection saves money on chemical fertilizer, and can even get rid of unwanted smells inside of greenhouses.

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Sources: solutionozone.com, edengreen.com, cals.arizona.edu