Building Your Own Ozone Chamber

Ozone Chambers

There are many different options for ozone chambers. Many chambers will have an integrated turnkey system where ozone will be produced from the chamber itself. However, if you are looking for a more cost-effective option, or, you already have a chamber, room, or enclosure you want to control ozone levels inside of, building your own ozone chamber is a great alternative. This article will go over the different products necessary for assembling an ozone chamber, as well as some different specifications to take note of to make sure you get the products that will best fit your applications.

For more information on custom ozone chambers, as well as the products we suggest using, Please Click Here!

Here we can see the inside of one of our chambers, with an internal fan to ensure ozone is being properly circulated.

Components

Ozone Generator – The most important component is the ozone generator to produce ozone for your ozone chamber!

Choose the ozone generator size and output, normally rated in g/hr (grams per hour), based upon the following factors

  • Size of your ozone chamber – larger chamber = more ozone demand
  • Level of ozone required inside your chamber, normally measured in ppm. Higher ozone levels desired will require larger ozone generators
  • Temperature of the chamber – higher temperatures will increase the ozone half-life and demand more ozone
  • Organic loading in the chamber – material in the chamber that will consume ozone due to natural organic loading should be considered

See our selection of ozone generators HERE.

Ozone Monitor – An ozone monitor is required to measure ozone in the chamber and switch a relay in the ozone monitor to control the ozone levels. The ozone monitor will be located outside of the chamber with either a remote sensor, or small Teflon tubing inlet port placed inside the chamber to detect ozone levels.

Two main options are available to measure ozone

  • UV based ozone analyzer – pulls a sample of ozone gas from the chamber, passes through a UV lamp and measures ozone by determining how much ozone is absorbed by the UV lamp. This method allows for ozone detection accuracy up to 1%, and measurements from 0.001 ppm up to 10,000 ppm and even higher.
  • Remote mount sensor based ozone monitor – an ozone sensor is placed inside the chamber and wired to the main ozone monitor placed outside the chamber. This method allows for ozone detection accuracy ranging from 5 – 20% and measurement from 0.01 ppm up to 200 ppm reliably. These sensors are a lower price point than the UV analyzer and are normally used when cost is a concern.

The ozone measurement device must have a built-in relay that can be wired to the RCB-1 relay box that will turn the ozone generator ON/OFF. This relay should be easy to set and alter if necessary.

See our selection of ozone monitors HERE

See our selection of UV based ozone analyzers HERE

Relay Control – The relay control box has three components to it necessary for creating the ozone chamber. By looking at the image above, we can see the three different cords coming from the bottom of it (smaller white box on the far right side of the above image). Its far-left cord is simply connected to a wall outlet to supply power. The thinner, middle cord connects to the ozone monitor (far left, white/blue item) and then its far-right cord connects to the ozone generators power cord, and supplies power to the ozone generator. When it comes to which relay control box to use, Oxidation Technologies offers the RCB-1.

Ambient Ozone Sensor – We also highly recommend using either the C-30ZX Ozone Monitor, or the SM-70 Ozone Monitor to read for ozone in the air. This ensures that your environment is safe and free of ozone. Both of these monitors offer accurate ozone readings, compact designs, and low maintenance making them easy to use as well as extremely efficient.

How It Works

Looking at the diagrams below, ‘DIAGRAM 1’ shows the set-up for a custom ozone chamber when you are using one of the bench mount ozone analyzers, and then ‘DIAGRAM 2’ is showing the same basic scheme, but with a remote ozone sensor. However, the basic procedures are going to be the same, independent of which monitor set-up you decide to go with.

Following the diagrams below, we can see the procedures that will occur when your custom ozone chamber is working properly. First, using dry-air or oxygen as the feed-gas, your ozone generator will begin producing ozone for the chamber. Then, the ozone analyzer (or remote sensor) will read how much, in PPM, ozone is present in the chamber. The reading from the ozone analyzer will then be transferred to the RCB-1 relay control. Based on the reading given to the RCB-1, it will transfer a signal to the ozone generator to either continue producing ozone for the chamber, or to stop the ozone production.

DIAGRAM 1
DIAGRAM 2

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Product Spotlight: 5000BF Ozone Generator

5000BF Ozone Generator

The 5000BF Ozone Generator is capable of producing 7 g/hr of ozone from oxygen, or 1.8 g/hr of ozone from dry air. This generator is perfect for all kinds of applications, from personal use to industrial settings, as well as experimental testing. The compact design (6x12x17) and affordable pricing make it a great option for many different uses.

Key Features:

  • Great value in ozone generators
  • Air cooled ozone generator – no cooling water required
  • Adjustable ozone output 0-100%
  • Integrated oxygen/ozone flow meter
  • Integrated amp meter to show electrical discharge to cell
  • Benchmount with durable rubber isolation feet
  • High quality aluminum enclosoure
  • Compact size and easy to use
  • Corona discharge ozone generator cell

Specifications:

  • 7 g/hr ozone output from 3 LPM oxygen
  • 1.8 g/hr ozone output from 5 LPM dry air
  • 5 PSI pressure rating (can operate under light vacuum also)
  • Dimensions: 6-inch high x 12-inch wide x 17-inch depth
  • Weight: 8 lbs
  • Feed-gas: Dry air, or Oxygen

For more information, as well as purchasing options, Please Click Here

In this video, we used the MAX-5 Oxygen Concentrator to supply our feed gas, Please Click Here to view all of our Oxygen Generators.

The smell of rain… Ozone!

It is commonly said that the smell of ozone is present after a rain storm. This is true, and some great data I read this week explains this further. Read the whole article here.

From the article, it explains that ozone can be be detected BEFORE it rains.

Before it rains, as the wind begins to pick up and the clouds thicken or roll in, you may become aware of a noticeably fresh scent in the air. That sharp, clear aroma is ozone, a molecule made up of three oxygen atoms bonded together (O3) whose name comes from the Greek verb for smell, ozein. It’s the same gas we associate with the layer of our atmosphere that protects us from too much sunlight. As unsettled weather approaches, ozone is carried to the ground in strong downdrafts that, once they hit the earth, move horizontally as strong, gusty winds that precede the arrival of the rain. That wind, or “gust front,” and the smell of ozone that’s carried in it, reaches your nose a short time before the approaching rain arrives.

The act of rain falling from the sky further creates an extreme downdraft of air and pulls more ozone gas to the surface of the earth so that after a rain, the odor of ozone is still present.

It is important to note that while ozone is generated from lightening in a rain storm this is not the cause of the majority of ozone detected at ground level. So, the next time you “smell” rain, you can thank God for the gift of ozone and science for helping us understand it!

Ozone Equipment Service and Repair

Here at Oxidation Technologies, we have the know-how and the tools required to help you with whatever Ozone issues you may be having. Whether it’s generator repairs, system services, or simple preventative maintenance, we are here to help. Our technicians have experience working with most ozone generator manufacturers and we have all the equipment needed to either keep you running, or get you back up-and-going as soon as possible. We offer comprehensive service contracts for ozone systems as well as for the water treatment industry. Follow below to see just how Oxidation Technologies can help you.

Ozone Generator/System Repair:

  • We can repair your ozone generator on-site or here at our location in Inwood, IA
  • We have repair technicians that we work with, and trust throughout the USA
  • Most ozone generators use common components, even if your ozone generator is obsolete, it may be repairable
  • New ozone generators may cost more to purchase than to repair your existing ozone generator, call us for a quote today!

Ozone Generator/System Service:

  • We can perform on-site service of your integrated system as needed or set-up a contract
  • We offer monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, and annual service contracts
  • Proper service and maintenance are required for long lasting equipment
  • Many times, preventative maintenance will cost less than costly repairs

Ozone System Preventative Maintenance:

  • Even the best systems require maintenance
  • Poorly maintained ozone systems produce poor results
  • Ozone system maintenance can be simple if it is performed regularly
  • Feed gas systems are commonly neglected
  • Ozone leak sensors require calibration
  • Some corona cells require cleaning
  • Check valve and water traps must be in working condition
  • If neglected, repairs will cost far more than routine maintenance

Ozone is a potential treatment for the Corona Virus

A paper was recently published by the Journal of Infection Diseases and Epidemiology that is promoting the use of ozone as a treatment for the Corona virus. Worth a read for sure.

Abstract:

Many viruses require reduced sulfhydryl groups for cell fu-sion and entry. Corona viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of the condition now named coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19), are rich in cysteine, which residues must be intact for viral activity. Sulfhydryl groups are vulner-able to oxidation. Ozone therapy, a very inexpensive and safe modality may safely exploit this critical vulnerability in many viruses, inclusive of SARS-CoV-2

Read full paper HERE

Ozone in the news

Recently ozone has gained a great deal of interest in the news. There is a role for a powerful disinfectant like ozone to play in the fight against COVID-19. Due to this, the use of ozone is finally gaining some worldwide attention.

For your reading pleasure we have compiled a few of the recent news stories. Have more? Send them to us, we’ll add to the list.

Texas Right to Know Calls on US to Consider COVID-19 Ozone Therapy After It Shows Promise in Italy

‘Oracle Water System’ Represents Device for Preventing COVID-19 in Korea

Dallas mattress-cleaning company using its technology to clean N95 masks for reuse

Coronavirus: Hong Kong scientists look into disinfection and reuse of face masks

Ozone generators and UV light: Will alternative disinfectants work on coronavirus?

Jeanologia Converts Ozone Technology for Sanitization During COVID-19 Pandemic

Rosatom’s scientists invent new ozone-based disinfection device

Could ozone generators kill off the Coronavirus?

Greeley Auto Spa offering free ozone treatment

Ozone Can Be Used To Destroy The New Coronavirus And Disinfect Areas

We are not endorsing any of the claims made in any of these articles. We are however celebrating the attention given to the power of ozone as a viable disinfectant. We hope this new awareness continues long after the COVID-19 crisis has subsided.

Good and Evil of Ozone

The ozone hole is slowly healing

The Coronavirus pandemic has sparked an exponential increase in interest in ozone as a disinfectant. The phones at Oxidation Technologies have been ringing non-stop with people looking for answers and looking for help with their grand ideas for ozone as a silver coronavirus bullet. Our ozone specialists have been working hard to provide accurate information for those looking for answers. Ozone has been a powerful tool for over a hundred years, but misinformation is dangerous in a climate of desperation and hype. Our goal throughout this health crisis has been to educate our callers about safe and unsafe uses of ozone, effective and ineffective applications of ozone, and the facts and false claims people make about ozone.

If there is so much interest in ozone as a powerful and chemical-free disinfectant, why do we read so much about ozone as a very bad and deadly pollutant? For example, the American Lung Association says “Ozone (also called smog) is one of the most dangerous and widespread pollutants in the U.S.”  On the other hand, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of ozone as an antimicrobial agent for the treatment, storage and processing of foods in gas and aqueous phases.” For years, now, we have recognized the value of an atmospheric layer of ozone that shields “living things from too much ultraviolet radiation from the sun.” Ozone sterilization of water has made the bottled water industry possible providing billions of bottles of safe drinking water. The answer to this paradox is not difficult or mysterious, but does require some ozone education. We hope you take some time to explore the wealth of ozone information on our website.

Does ozone sterilization kill the Coronavirus which causes COVID-19?

This article was originally published by Aeroqual

No medical event in recent history has made a bigger impact on global health and the economy, than Coronavirus, and the COVID-19 disease.

At the time of writing, most major economies are entering into some form of lockdown, causing significant disruption to businesses and drastically changing the way we live our lives for the next few months. 

Governments, Industry and Citizens are united in trying to slow the spread of COVID-19, to give health services time to prepare for the explosion in the demand for care. Sanitizing our homes, workplaces and public spaces is a key tactic in the fight against Coronavirus, to stop the spread of COVID-19. One method of sterilization is by using ozone. Ozone sterilization is commonly used in hospitals to sanitize equipment and significantly reduce or eliminate the spread of bacteria. Hence the question being asked is – “Can ozone sterilization kill the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease?” 

This blog post looks at the evidence and highlights the benefits of sterilizing environments with ozone, as well as it’s associated risks. 

OZONE STERILIZATION PROVEN TO KILL SARS-COV VIRUS 

There are currently no examples in the public domain, of ozone sterilization being used to kill the current strain of Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 (technical name of the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease). However, there are reasons to believe it would be effective: 

  • During the SARS epidemic of 2003, ozone sterilization was successfully used to purify environments infected with the deadly Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-1, the virus which causes the SARS disease. 
  •  As SARS-Cov-1 is also a member of the Coronavirus family, it is highly likely that ozone sterilization would be effective at killing SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus which causes the COVID-19 disease. 

HOW DOES OZONE STERILIZATION KILL CORONAVIRUSES? 

Coronaviruses are classified as “enveloped viruses”, which are typically more susceptible to “Physico-chemical challenges”. In other words, they don’t like being exposed to ozone.   

Ozone destroys this type of virus by breaking through the outer shell into the core, resulting in damage to the viral RNA. Ozone can also damage the outer shell of the virus in a process called oxidation. Put simply, exposing Coronaviruses to sufficient ozone dose (ppm x time) can result in them being 99% damaged or destroyed.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF OZONE STERILIZATION? 

Breathing even small amounts of ozone can be harmful. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, and aggravation of lung diseases like asthma. At higher concentrations you can smell ozone, but it becomes harmful even at lower doses. For that reason, many countries have set an 8-hour exposure limit of 70 ppb (parts per billion) ozone. In the EU the limit is set even lower. Ozone is one of six common pollutants limited by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and other country’s Environmental regulators. Exposure to ozone in the workplace is controlled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and their counterparts around the world.  

REDUCE THE RISK OF OZONE EXPOSURE BY MONITORING 

Although ozone can sterilize coronavirus infected environments, residual ozone could also cause respiratory issues for people who breathe it in. To stop this from happening it is important to measure and control indoor and outdoor levels of ozone after sterilization has taken place. 

The problem is that the equipment for measuring ozone is either a) accurate but too expensive, or b) affordable but not accurate. This is why Aeroqual came up with option c) monitors that are both accurate and affordable

Please contact us if you have any further questions on monitoring ozone.

Oxidation Technologies Remains Open for Business

Message on our current operation we sent via e-mail.

Dear Valued Customer,

The Corona Virus (COVID-19) is continuing to change the economy and our normal ways of life.  We wanted to let you know that Oxidation Technologies remains open for business and we are ready to assist you with your Ozone equipment and service needs.  We are also here to answer your questions and offer technical support over the phone.

Our day to day operation remain as normal as possible, but have changed slightly to protect our employees and customers. We have implemented measures to help ensure the health and well-being of our employees.  For the short-term we have suspended all non-essential travel.  Therefore, if you have service related issues, please call our office, and we will do our best to assist you over the phone.

We remain committed to getting you products as soon as possible.  We continue to receive regular shipments from our suppliers, so that we can continue to provide you with parts and equipment as soon as possible.  Our warehouse is currently stocked with Ambient Ozone Monitors, Ozone Generators, Oxygen Concentrators, and a large variety of accessories. We have had one US vendor (EcoSensors) that has shutdown shipping until April 7th due to local restrictions, which might cause some delays on a their ambient ozone products. We have put in extra orders for similar product with other suppliers to provide alternatives due to this shutdown.  All other suppliers and vendors report operations as normal.

We will continue to navigate through this circumstance, but our commitment to serve you remains the forefront of all that we do.

Oxidation Technologies
214 US Highway 18
Inwood, Iowa 51240
515-635-5854