New low-cost UVO-cleaner debuts
Jelight Company Inc., Irvine, California, has announced the UVO-Cleaner®, a photo-sensitized oxidation process in which the contaminant molecules of photo resists, resins, human skin oils, 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 184.9 nm and ozone by 253.7 nm UV. The 253.7 nm 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 that desorb from the surface. Therefore, when both UV wavelengths are present, atomic oxygen is continuously generated and ozone is continually formed and destroyed.
AquiSense announces operations expansion
AquiSense Technologies LLC is planning a major expansion of its greater Cincinnati operations that will boost its workforce and expand its capabilities. The Florence, Kentucky-based manufacturer of UV-LED-based water disinfection and wastewater treatment systems will continue with its $4 million investment plan to create a new 15,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility in Erlanger, Kentucky. The new building will allow for full-scale production and will be vertically integrated from incoming UV-LED inspection, injection molding, electronic assembly to final product assembly and test. In the future, the facility will expand to wet lab and prototype production. In addition, AquiSense has a 2,000-square-foot research and development center in Charlotte, North Carolina, which includes a state-of-art UV-LED benchmarking laboratory. The new development will result in a doubling of the existing workforce to 30 new jobs, according to CEO Oliver Lawal.
Philips separates lighting business
“Philips, Amsterdam, Netherlands, is reviewing all strategic options for Philips Lighting, including an initial public offering and a private sale. Philips is on track to be able to announce the separation of the lighting business in the first half of 2016, subject to market conditions and other relevant circumstances. To this end, Philips is currently working with its advisors on the preparations for an IPO and a private sale. Each option is governed by its own processes and follows its own timeline. The important point to note here is that there is no preferred option and a final decision will be made in the second quarter of 2016.” From a letter from Steve Klink, head of Philips Group Press Office. Reproduced with permission.
New handbook available
The American Water Works Association, Denver, Colorado, has announced that a new book, “Advanced Oxidation Handbook,” by James Collins and James R. Bolton, can be ordered from its website. For more information, visit http://www.awwa.org/store/productdetail.aspx?productid=38748919.
SurePure technology instrumental in clinical trial
SurePure, Inc. a global leader in liquid photopurification, announced today that the company’s patented photopurification technology has been used to produce key research samples for an upcoming clinical trial. This trial is expected to demonstrate that SurePure’s technology, which enables immune active proteins to remain undamaged, will stimulate greater vaccine response in the elderly. Tamarack Biotics and UC Davis are jointly conducting the clinical trial in California. Bob Comstock, CEO of Tamarack Biotics, said, “SurePure technology has analytically proven to retain key immune active proteins, and we are now eager to test the real-world application of this technology. We expect this double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial will help lead to improved overall health in the elderly and reduce illness-related health care costs. This is vitally important research given our rapidly aging population.” Guy Kebble, CEO of SurePure, said, “This application and the clinical trial reflect the value of the SurePure technology in achieving microbial cleanliness while simultaneously retaining the inherent qualities of the product. We are pleased to be partnering with Tamarack Biotics in this important research.”
Electrode technology meets AOP requirements
Neptune Benson, Coventry, Rhode Island, announced that its newly developed electrode technology has exceeded expectation during potable water reuse demonstration testing in California. Neptune Benson, in collaboration with Carollo Engineers, took part in the nine-month VenturaWaterPure project, which is aimed to increase recycled water supply to meet long-term demands in this California community. The objective of the overall study is to draw attention to the value of potable reuse as a renewable resource that can provide a cost-effective and sustainable source of high quality water. The state of California Division of Drinking Water (DDW) has established detailed regulations for potable water reuse. These regulations require that all indirect potable reuse plants (IPR), which inject treated water into the groundwater basin, have a UV advanced oxidation process (UV AOP) within the treatment train. The AOP process works to remove micro-contaminants, contaminants of emerging concern and (CECs) and pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs). Per regulation, the AOP must provide a minimum of 0.5-log reduction of 1,4-dioxane, which is a conservative surrogate for a wide range of trace pollutants. The typical AOP utilizes UV with either hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) or sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), with chemical dosing values of 3 to 6 mg/L. The Neptune Benson electrode has been designed to work with the ETS-UV system to provide AOP without the use of any chemical additives (hydrogen peroxide or sodium hypochlorite).
Fresh-Aire appoints development manager
Fresh-Aire UV, a division of Triatomic Environmental Inc., Jupiter, Florida, the largest manufacturer of UVC and PCO-activated carbon indoor air quality (IAQ) products in North America, has named UV industry expert Stuart Engel as its international business development manager. Engel will help Fresh-Aire UV penetrate the European and Middle East/North Africa (MENA) HVAC industry and solidify the 30-year-old firm as a market leader. He also will help Fresh-Aire UV further develop its U.S. commercial business and expand its specification manufacturer’s representative network domestically. For information, contact Chris Willette.
American Ultraviolet announces mobile units
American Ultraviolet has introduced two mobile UV disinfection units, Models MRS 33-8 and MRS45-12. The Model MRS 33-8 unit uses 360 degree motion sensors as a safety precaution and features eight 33” slimline UVC lamps optically centered around a highly polished reflector for maximum intensity. System controls are located directly on the unit, which allows utilization of a touchscreen with three preprogrammed disinfection cycle times and the option to manually set disinfection cycles times. The Model MRS 44-12 is designed for larger applications not requiring data logging or a touchscreen tablet controller. This unit uses a 360-degree motion sensor for safety shut off and 12 45” slimline UVC lamps mounted around a central reflector to maximize reflected UVC energy within any given space. System controls are located directly on the unit and utilize a touchscreen with three preprogrammed disinfection cycle times and the option to manually set disinfection cycles times outside the three default options.
Glasco advances product line
Glasco UV, Mahwah, New Jersey, has continued to advance its NONCON IL-FEP COIL product line. Introduced in 2006, the original systems were designed to test UV-254 nm’s effectiveness in targeting certain biological agents like anthrax. Today’s systems take advantage of improvements in fluoropolymer technologies, which allow them to offer solutions for many difficult to treat liquids. The NONCON IL-FEP systems are designed to treat low-transmission liquids, such as juice, milk, wine and coconut water, and thick and viscous liquids like sugars and coolants. Systems also provide a mechanism for disinfection without using quartz or mercury-based lamps in the actual flow. The FEP coils keep the liquids separated from the UV lamps. For information, visit http://www.glascouv.com/noncon-uv.html.
Aquionics appoints sales administrator
UV disinfection specialist Aquionics Inc., Erlanger, Kentucky, has named Michelle Buckman as its new sales administrator. In her position, Buckman will provide vital support to the sales team to ensure customers continue to receive on-time sales and service. Buckman has 10 years of experience in sales support and customer service from previous positions with St. Elizabeth Healthcare (Edgewood, Kentucky), MAG Industrial Automation (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Pomeroy IT Solutions (Hebron, Kentucky).