Advanced Oxidation Ozone UV Processes

Spartan offers UV/Ozone advanced oxidation processes. In the UV ozone process, photons in the UV spectrum convert ozone in the presence of water to oxygen and peroxide. The peroxide then reacts with the ozone to form the hydroxyl radical. Call Spartan to discuss your application and learn whether Ozone/UV might be the proper advanced oxidation process for your application.

A simplified reaction sequence is shown below:

O3 + H2O → O2 + H2O2 (in the presence of UV light)
2 O3 + H2O2 → 2 •OH + 3 O2

Organic oxidation occurs due to the reaction with hydroxyl radicals, molecular ozone and direct photolysis.

The major components of an O3/UV system include: UV lamps, lamp sleeves, and lamp cleaning system, ozone generator and diffusers, ozone contactor, ozone off-gas decomposer, oxygen or air feed systems, supply and discharge pumps and piping, monitoring and control systems. Since ozone absorbs UV light at 254 nm, low pressure UV (LPUV) lamps are used (see a brief discussion of UV lamps for water treatment). Below you will find a commercial ozone UV system, Spartan's ULTRAZONE system, the system below combines a 30 g/h ozone water treatment system with a matching UV reactor.

The two primary design variables that must be optimized in sizing a UV AOP system are the UV power radiation per unit volume of water treated — more commonly referred to as UV dose — and the concentration of ozone. UV dose, when applied to AOP, is a measure of the total lamp electrical energy applied to a fixed volume of water. The units are measured in kWh/1,000 gallons treated. This parameter combines flow rate, residence time and light intensity into a single term. The dose of UV light and ozone required per unit volume of water treated may vary depending on the water to be treated.

The advantages and disadvantages of the O3/UV system are:

The removal efficiency of the combined O3/UV process is typically higher than the additive removal efficiencies of ozone and UV alone.

The combined O3/UV process is more efficient at generating hydroxyl radicals than the combined H2O2/UV process for equal oxidant concentrations using LP-UV. This is because the molar extinction coefficient of O3 at 254 nm is two orders of magnitude greater than that of H2O2, indicating that a higher UV intensity or a higher H2O2 dose is required to generate the same number of hydroxyl radicals for these two processes. However, for MP-UV lamps, H2O2/UV processes will generate more hydroxyl radicals than O3/UV processes. MP-UV process has some disadvantages versus LP-UV, however.

Despite the fact that O3/UV is more stoichiometrically efficient at generating hydroxyl radicals than H2O2/UV or H2O2/O3, the O3/UV process is less energetically efficient than H2O2/UV or H2O2/O3 for generating large quantities of hydroxyl radicals due to the low solubility of O3 in water compared to H2O2. Thus, operational costs are expected to be higher if large amounts of contaminant are present.

Gaseous O3 must be diffused into the source water, resulting in potential mass transfer limitations relative to H2O2, which is fed as a liquid solution.

UV light penetration into the source water can be adversely affected by turbidity. There are also many interference compounds that absorb UV light (e.g., nitrate and iron) and, thus, reduce process efficiency. A well designed AOP can overcome some of these problems by first dealing with contaminants such as iron or suspended solids prior to the radical formation step. For example, pretreatment with ozone and filtration.

Below are two small commercial ozone UV advanced oxidation systems. The systems are completely integrated with gas preparation, ozone generation, UV, instrumentation (ORP, on-line TOC, UV intensity monitors, ambient ozone monitors), controls (including touch screen PLC), pump, valves gauges and contact vessels. The system on the left below was designed for methanol removal from DI water for a water reclamation application in the US. The system on the right is for a industrial wastewater application in Canada.

SPARTOX A30 UV - Ozone UV Water Treatment System for Methanol Removal

SPARTOX Ozone UV System for Industrial Wastewater Treatment