What is Ozone?

Ozone Air Purifier

Ozone is often referred to as nature’s own purifier. It is evident at the seashore, in rain forests and after thunderstorms. We are all thoroughly aware of the protection the ozone layer affords us. Ozone (03) also referred to as activated oxygen or trivalent oxygen is created naturally in our environment either through electricity, photosynthesis or by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Oxygen makes up approximately 20 percent of the air we breathe everyday. Ozone is created when one of these forces cause Oxygen (02) to split into two separate atoms. The freed atom then attaches itself to a (02) molecule, recombining to create Ozone (03). The word “ozone” is derived from the Greek word “ozien” which means, “to smell”. In high levels ozone is bluish in color, which is why the sky is blue. Ozone was discovered in the late 1800’s and is classified as the second strongest oxidizer in the world. In has been used over the last century to purify water and eliminate a wide range of odors in as wide a range of applications. In the most effective types of product the ozone is generated by high-voltage corona discharge duplicating the way lightning creates it.

Ozone can be naturally produced a few distinct ways, including by lighting, photosynthesis or ultraviolet radiation. The following diagram shows how ozone can be produced or destroyed in the atmosphere by ultraviolet light.