Ozone is a gas formed of oxygen atoms, however, different from the oxygen we breathe (chemical symbol O2) its molecule is formed of 3 atoms instead of 2. Therefore, it is an allotrope of oxygen, with the chemical symbol O3.
In nature, ozone is generated in the lower atmosphere by thunderstorms and in the upper atmosphere by ultraviolet solar radiation.
As a result of its ability to reduce the concentration of fungi, mites, bacteria, viruses and in general, the molecules perceived by the sense of smell, ozone is known for its sanitizing and deodorizing abilities.
It is a highly unstable gas, which deteriorates at varying rates, especially in relation to the temperature, reverting to oxygen O2. Thus, at zero degrees Celsius, it has a half life of 140 minutes, at 20 degrees Celsius, 40 minutes.
Due to its instability, it cannot be stored or transported; as a result of this limitation, it must be generated as near as possible to its point of use.
It is artificially generated via corona discharge, a process in which pure oxygen or duly treated air flows through a high-voltage alternate electrical field (7,000 – 15,000 Volts).
At high concentrations, ozone is a toxic gas when inhaled. For this reason, it is recommended that people and animals be evacuated from the area during treatment.
Exposure greater than 0.06 ppm for 8 consecutive hours and 5 days a week is considered dangerous.
We can smell ozone at concentrations of just 0.02 ppm (parts per million). Ozone can be recognized by its characteristic bracing smell - the same odor that, at times, accompanies thunderstorms, specifically due to the ozone generated by lightning charges. Ozone can also be used as a highly ecological sanitation system, as it takes and returns oxygen from the air.
Experience accrued in over 25 years of working in the electronics sector and the intention to combine specific mechanical, IT and physics skills in a new enterprise has given rise to MET srl, a fully Italian company that designs, manufactures and sells ozone generators. Initially used in the medical field, ozone has been shown to be particularly effective in numerous other industrial areas. Thus MET has been able to expand its manufacturing opportunities, not only operating on healthcare-related markets. We immediately realized that the demand was not for machinery, which many companies sell, but solutions, as each customer has different, highly specific know-how, experience, needs and situations.
We thus imagined that our customers would be interested in systems designed and custom-made for their needs. Becoming their de facto partners, we can find solutions to the problem together.
As we have in-depth knowledge of this technology which has been entirely developed by Italian designers and technicians, all of this has allowed us to manufacture machinery fully built in fully built in Italy.
Our passion and shared ethical values, respect for the environment and its resources continue to provide the ideal boost to continue on our path built through research and testing, in order to use Ozone in the best possible way.