A Professor of the University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg has developed a microwave disinfection process. Core is an energy-saving electrolysis cell. She should ensure germ-free water in medicine, pharmacy and the food industry.
Of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University Prof. Gerd Knupp developed an alternative system for water disinfection. It sounds micrOzone on the name. Core is a cylinder-shaped electrode, which is only few millimeters tall and wide. Special materials are inside, decompose the water at low power as hydrogen and oxygen, but hydrogen, oxygen, and ozone.
Freshly Developed Germ-Free Water Technology uses Ozone to ensure proper water quality
Ozone is the ideal choice for disinfection of water. This is not news. Operators of water saving and water distribution systems add it centrally, to combat the bacterial contamination of the water. The real innovation that has to offer micrOzone: With the microwave disinfection system operators at each microbiologically critical point of a water distribution system can produce ozone.
Integrated sensor for Germ-Free Water
Thanks to a built-in sensor the system can adapt also independently the output current needs to ozone. “By installing the cell in a flow-through pipe a very efficient entry of ozone into the water emerges”, writes the manufacturer of micrOzone, company Innovatec in Rheinbach, Germany.
Use in caravans, boats and ships
And where to micrOzone be used? Almost everywhere, where sterile water plays an important role – so in medical, pharmaceutical and food companies. The disinfection system could be also useful for protecting shipping germination in fresh water containers, mobile homes, boats and ships, as well as in crockery – and industrial dishwashers.
Before the system into production, but more research is needed: Dieter Reinscheid microbiologist at the University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg tests the performance of disinfection of water pipes in the near future in a test cart and examined the risk of recontamination. His colleague, chemist Prof. Steffen wants life tests the long-term stability of the electrodes used, Ka if experienced with the degradation of contaminants in the water, such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides and industrial chemicals ozone.
Drinks manufacturer system testing before release
Ka found allegedly also had a well-known beverage company that tests the procedure before the release in practice. With the Board of the project is also the solar Research Institute of the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR). Federal Ministry of education and research is funding the project with more than 800,000 euros, the University of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg bestowed 2015 innovation award.