History of Ozone Sterilization
The first experiments and studies of ozone sterilization were conducted in Berlin by Von Siemens, who wrote a book about ozone application in water. Thanks to Von Siemens's research, many other projects took place, one of which was conducted by the French chemist Marius Paul Otto. This chemist received a doctorate at the French University,
What is Ozone?
Ozone is a gas formed by molecules made of 3 oxygen atoms (O3) and has the characteristic of being a powerful oxidizing agent. Thanks to this property, it has proven to kill bacteria, fungi, molds, and inactivate viruses.
Does Ozone Sterilization work?
Ozone can be used to treat potentially contaminated surfaces such as water and ambient air thanks to its powerful germicidal effect on a broad spectrum of microorganisms. Recent reports show that ozone treatment could also be an excellent sterilization method for personal protective equipment (PPE) for both healthcare workers and patients for safe reuse in times of shortage.
Ozone devices, such as ozone generators, can reach every corner of the environment of a single room or a larger space, depending on the device, without leaving any poisonous residue. The effectiveness of Ozone in treating microorganisms, especially bacteria and viruses, is related to various factors, i.e., ozone concentration, the temperature of the environment, humidity of the environment, and exposure time.
How does Ozone Sanitize?
Ozone, being a gas, spreads into the environment, starting from its emission source and penetrating tissues. Thanks to its remarkable oxidizing capacity, ozone "destroys" the cells it attacks and eliminates bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi, and pathogenic and infectious agents.
The most common way to generate Ozone is to split oxygen molecules with electric discharges. This process creates atoms that recombine to form Ozone. In nature, lightning creates Ozone in the atmosphere and the consequent characteristic odor that we smell after a storm. The chemical formula of oxygen is O2, whereas Ozone is O3. Oxygen is stable, but the Ozone is unstable, so it spontaneously decomposes at room temperature, turning itself back into oxygen.
Does Ozone Sterilization work against covid 19?
In July 2020, the Italian Istituto Superiore di Sanità and the INAIL recognized Ozone as a sanitizing agent. In this study, Ozone was proven to be highly effective in inactivating the SARS virus; it shows an inactivation rate of 99%. The novel SARS-CoV2 (2019), an enveloped virus like all other coronaviruses, shows 80% of genome sequence similarity to SARS-CoV (2002). This similarity suggests that Ozone could be equally effective also on the novel coronavirus.
Is ozone dangerous?
Ozone can pose a danger to one's health if exposed to the same oxidizing activity used to fight pathogens. Ozone sanitization must be done in the absence of people. This is not prejudicial to the user since a usual room sterilizing session can require much time.
Once sanitized, a room must be vented so that ozone can turn back into oxygen without leaving residues. The time a sanitizing session will take will depend on the room's size and the amount of O3 produced.
Ozone Sanitization Technology
ThePowerZone is a fully automatic ozone sterilization unit that features O3 technology. It destroys microorganisms on contact and leaves no waste to be thrown away, toxic cleaning products to be washed down the drain, or residual chemicals absorbed into skin, hair, or lungs.
A PowerZone unit is the most cost-effective method with maximum efficacy and minimum labor to sterilize and sanitize your home or business. It requires no wipes, sprays, or additional labor.