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Absolute UV Measurement in a Flash

Gigahertz-Optik’s BTS2048-UV is a compact, high-spectral resolution spectroradiometer for absolute UV measurement in the lab, factory or field. The BTS2048-UV employs a cooled, back-thinned CCD array with a 0.7 nm optical bandwidth and a pixel resolution of 0.13 nm/pixel. Ultrafast response times are achieved using three processors, a LAN interface and electronic shutter. An internally controlled filter wheel combined with smart stray light correction and measurement routines enable traceably calibrated absolute UV measurements down to 200 nm. The meter features a cosine diffuser input optic (f2 = 3 %). No light guide means improved sensitivity and calibration stability. Also the meter mounts directly to Gigahertz-Optik integrating sphere port frames. S-BTS2048 software (supplied) offers a flexible desktop that can be self-configured to display the graphical and numerical data of interest. An SDK option is also available.

UV-Guard Announces Website

To coincide with a number of product enhancements and global company developments, UV-Guard’s new website is live. Customers are able to view UV-Guard’s extensive product range of UV water disinfection systems, while learning how they can be implemented into a variety of applications. UV-Guard’s media pages will be updated with company news through monthly newsletters and published material, while the contact page provides a customer-friendly portal to connect with the company’s engineers for product recommendations and water treatment advice.

EFSA Panel Says UV-Treated Milk is Safe

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has delivered its opinion on ultraviolet (UV)-treated milk. It concludes that the dairy product is safe for the target group, which is the general public, with the exception of infants younger than 1.

Neptune Benson’s ETS-UV Equipment Chosen for Fish Hatchery Upgrade

Neptune Benson® is pleased to announce that its ETS-UV disinfection systems were selected for the Art Oehmcke Hatchery located in Woodruff, Wisconsin. The Art Oehmcke Hatchery project is an upgrade that will include two ETS-UV UVLW reactors to disinfect the Madeline Lake and Clear Lake water for use in the hatchery. The UV reactors will disinfect incoming water to ensure contaminants are not exchanged between the hatchery and surrounding bodies of fresh water. Water quality is an essential factor in effectively raising fish from juveniles to healthy adults. Low water quality may result in outbreaks of viral and bacterial fish diseases. To prevent an infection cycle between farms and natural fish populations, a UV system is used to treat water entering and circulating within the farm. UV disinfection is an ideal solution for fish farms and hatcheries because it is a chemical free treatment that will not create by-products that could harm the fish stock or aquatic life and is non-selective in the destruction of waterborne bacteria, pathogens, viruses and microorganisms.

AquiSense Selected to Participate in International Space Station Project

AquiSense Technologies (Europe) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of AquiSense Technologies LLC, has been selected to participate in the Biocontamination Integrated Control for Wet Systems for Space Exploration (BIOWYSE) project. AquiSense is part of a seven-company consortium that includes Italian company Thales Alenia Space, one of the main suppliers to the International Space Station. The BIOWYSE consortium will design, build and test innovative prevention, monitoring and mitigation modules to be integrated in a compact system. AquiSense will design the key technology within the decontamination module, employing UV-C LED technology, similar to that used in PearlAqua. Richard Simons, a PhD graduate engineer from Imperial College London, has been appointed as program manager for AquiSense. AquiSense’s CTO Jennifer Pagan, PhD, said, “It is literally an engineer’s dream to be able to apply their work to something as technically advanced as the space station. I am thrilled that our water disinfection technology will be used to help keep the astronauts safe.” The proposed BIOWYSE project foresees development and demonstration of an integrated biocontamination control system for water and humid areas to be demonstrated on the International Space Station and future human exploration missions. BIOWYSE stems from actual flight experiments and state of the art prevention, monitoring and mitigation technologies. BIOWYSE will investigate the possibilities for spin-off developments in the terrestrial water management industries. This project is funded by the European Commission under the €80 billion *Horizon 2020 program and is valued at €3 million.

International Light Technologies Launches ILT2400 Handheld Light Meter/Optometer

Peabody, MA – International Light Technologies (ILT), a leading designer and manufacturer of light measurement and detection systems, is pleased to announce the ILT2400 Light Meter/Optometer. “ILT wanted to follow up our success with the ILT5000 Research Radiometer in 2015 with a handheld portable unit with a very similar software platform, but with truly 21st century hand-held meter features,” said Jill Fowler, director of ILT’s Systems & Sources product lines. “Those features include a large touchscreen color display that can be used in either traditional portrait or the more graph-friendly landscape orientation.”

Calgon Carbon Announces Appointment

Calgon Carbon has announced that Christopher (Chris) D. Todd has been appointed as the executive director for UV Technologies. Chris studied Marine Engineering Systems at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and earned his MBA from Purdue University. He began his career as a design engineer at Electric Boat for the Virginia Class submarine and then moved to Caterpillar Marine in various technical and sales roles spanning 10 years including seven years serving the European market. After managing the marine division at Kohler Power Systems for four years, Chris became sales director for Hyde Marine, which specializes in the manufacture of UV technology for the disinfection of ballast water. He was elected to the board of directors of CoGo’s corporation in 2015. Chris was promoted to executive director for Calgon Carbon UV Technologies in 2016, which unites the municipal UV disinfection business for drinking and waste water with Hyde Marine’s ballast water treatment business.

Xylem’s Wedeco Celebrates 40-Year Legacy of Water Treatment Technologies

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, announced today that its Wedeco brand – a pioneer in chemical-free, sustainable water treatment technologies – is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary. There are more than 250,000 Wedeco ultraviolet (UV) disinfection and ozone oxidation systems operating worldwide in private, public utility and industrial applications. Founded in Herford, Germany, in 1976, Xylem’s globally-renowned Wedeco brand offers customers an alternative to environmentally-harmful disinfection chemicals with its extensive portfolio of state-of-the-art treatment technologies including UV and ozone disinfection systems and Advanced Oxidation Process solutions.

ZED Ziegler Electronic Devices GmbH Expands UV Monitoring Portfolio

The new ZED SmartMeter serves as a monitoring unit for all digital ZED UV-C/VUV sensors. Measured values are displayed in numerical and graphical form and can be stored on an SD card. In combination with the appropriate reference sensor, the SmartMeter can be used as Reference Radiometer according to the Austrian standard ÖNORM or the German standard DVGW. Furthermore, the SmartMeter allows the configuration and optionally the UV-recalibration of digital ZED sensors by the customer. Since the UV recalibration is directly in the hands of the customer, the UV-recalibration option enables a more time and cost-efficient recalibration cycle. The sensor UV calibration data will be encrypted with a customer specific key to prevent unauthorized access. Contact info@z-e-d.com.

Atlantium Achieves NSF Certification

Atlantium has been awarded NSF/ANSI 61 certification for system components in contact with drinking water, adding one more certification to Atlantium’s portfolio of compliance with global standards and regulations. In addition, recent regulations reducing the amount of lead in equipment that is in contact with drinking water triggered the development of the new stricter NSF372 standard. Atlantium, whose units are lead-free, also achieved this certification.

Pentair Aquatic Eco-Systems Launches Website

PAES is proud to announce the launch of a website for PAES W.A.T.E.R. (World Aquaculture Technology Engineering & Research) Center, its state of the art Recirculating Aquaculture Systems demonstration facility located in Apopka, Florida. PAESWATER.com is a fully-interactive website designed to provide users with an experience of the 12,400-square-foot facility as if they were there in person, including an enhanced navigated path tour that features 39 “product hotspots.”

Ballast Water Treatment and the MPN Method

The United States Coast Guard’s preliminary decision to not allow the use of the MPN method impacts all UV ballast water management suppliers and practically disallows the use of UV as a treatment technology for ballast water. It also leaves shipowners trading in U.S. waters with very limited – and likely solely chemical-based – ballast water management options. Visit www.mpnballastwaterfacts.com for further information.

Light Dawns for Cryptosporidium Problem

atg UV Technology, the UK’s leader in ultraviolet disinfection systems, has been awarded a contract by Trant Engineering for Portsmouth Water. The contract covers supply and installation of UV units for Cryptosporidium inactivation at two water treatment works: Eastergate and Westergate. Both are 20 ML/d borehole works, and each site will be provided with fully automatic duty and standby atg UV UVLX 16800 20 UV reactors. The reactors, which are third party-validated to US EPA UVDGM, feature atg UV’s multi-lamp, high-output, ultra-efficient 800 Watt Amalgam UV lamps. This is a new technology offering significant cost savings compared to traditional UV lamps. The contract, which is due for completion by mid-2017, will be Portsmouth Water’s first UV installation.