Energy Efficient Buildings
Energy efficiency measures is a continuous focus for buildings. Reduced energy in the form of electricity, water consumption and heating is necessary to reduce the building's environmental impact. Major commitments will be required in the coming years, but fortunately, energy saving measures are a win-win situation. Reduced energy use contributes both to a better environment and lower operational costs.
The use of ozone as a way to save energy in buildings is well established. And the uses are many. Ventilation savings in waste disposal rooms and restaurants are installed in each and every property and annually saves property owners large sums. Ozone also addresses other common problems in properties such as odor disturbances. A fresh garbage room or an odor free grease separator create more satisfied tenants. Thus, energy efficiency with ozone a win-win-win situation.
Bad smell in garbage rooms?
Garbage rooms, garbage sorting and similar spaces have naturally often bad odor. The smell makes the tenants, or other users of the garbage room, negative towards using the room. Earlier, the problem was eased by using refrigerated garbage room for example, restaurant waste. Refrigerated garbage room not only requires costly investments, but also result in high maintenance and energy costs.
By adding ozone, the amount of bacteria and microorganisms in the air is reduced. The smells are greatly reduced when the source is effectively tackled. Ozone also prevents mold formation and improve sanitary conditions considerably. All this at a very low cost.
Cost calculation (€) for an odor free garbage rooms
|Coolingsystem/air purifier||1 200||0||820|
|Cooling walls (15 sqm)||6 200||0||0|
|Electricity / year||2 080||120||10|
|Refilling / year||0||2 060||0|
|Service agreement / year||410||360||300|
|Cost (year 1)||10 750||2 540||1 330|
|Cost (year 2)||12 875||5 080||1 640|
|Cost (year 3)||15 000||7 630||1 960|
Problems with smell from the grease trap?
A grease trap should be installed if there is a risk of more than negligible amounts of fat flushed away. For buildings that have restaurants and caterers as tenants an installed grease trap are required in most cases.
Fat in wastewater causes problems in sewage pipes and pumping stations. The fat accumulates in the sewer system and can cause blockage of flood damage and the release of untreated sewage as a result. When accumulated fat are broken down by bacteria in an oxygen-deficient environment hydrogen sulphide are emitted, a corrosive gas that destroys piping etc. Hydrogen sulphide is a strong foul smelling gas that is often compared to rotten eggs. The formation of hydrogen sulfide causes risks both of corrosion in pipes and risks of the working environment.
By adding ozone, the amount of hydrogen sulphide in the off-gas from the grease trap can be reduced. No expensive solutions for removing the off-gas needs to be designed. By oxidizing the odorants the air can be released at street level, without creating discomfort for the residents.
Mold remediation in harsh environments
Mold spores are not only the reason behind bad odor, but is also a source of ill-health and can lead to the development of allergies. In poorly ventilated areas with increased humidity can mold easily form and cause trouble long before it is visible to the eye.
Mold problems can be quickly resolved without expensive renovations. ACT series are ozone generator for harsh environments that require high ozone concentration. The generators are highly effective but still mobile so that it can be easily moved between different areas.
Ozone gas penetrates easily into all corners of the room where mold spores are broken down completely without the need for other cleaning fluids. After treatment only oxygen, carbon dioxide and water remains.
Effective odor removal after fire
The damage after a fire is often devastating. Grime and smoke destroys property and large values are lost. Not least, priceless memories. The majority of building fires occur in homes. The emotional values that are destroyed in these fires are irreplaceable but everything that has been fire damage is not beyond redemption.
Odor remediation with ozone reduces residual odor after fire and restores odor damaged property. The ozone does not camouflages the smell but instead ozone is removing the source of the smell. The gas penetrates into porous materials such as textiles, furniture and wallpaper and break down deep-seated compounds that emit odors.
Recommended products: ACT 3000 or ACT 5000
Restaurant and catering
There are over 20,000 commercial kitchens in Sweden. Many are "energy thieves" as they emit warm and poorly purified air instead of recycling thermal energy. A prerequisite for an effective energy recovery are clean exhaust ducts and fan units. It's the fat that makes it to the restaurant kitchens, but fat can be reduced by ozone. Ozone converts fat into carbon dioxide and water that does not stick to the flue duct but instead is transported out through the ventilation system.
Ozone has been used for over 100 years in industrial purification processes for both air and water. Nowadays it is a well-established, environmentally friendly and cost-effective cleaning method also for caterers.
Grease in flue ducts creates several problems:
- Fire hazard: The fat that sticks to surfaces and fat aggregates is a fire hazard since fat is a fuel that can ignite when cooking.
- Bad smell: Fumes often disturbs with local residents. Exhaust ventilation to courtyards often pose a problem for the building owner.
- Costs for duct cleaning: Poor purified air from frying pans and deep fat fryers require continuous mechanical cleaning of the flue duct. This is associated with considerable costs, especially if it must be done at after working hours.
- Energy consumption and maintenance: Fat in the flue duct causes malfunction and affect the lifespan and efficiency of the heat exchanger and fan units. Restaurants consumes a lot of energy. A very large proportion of this energy is lost through the kitchen's ventilation.
Ozone offer opportunities
Recover energy from the exhaust air is the single most important measure to save energy in buildings with kitchens. Our experience shows that the investment is repaid within 1-2 years under normal conditions. For an efficient purification of exhaust catering should work with mechanical grease filter first step of particle separation and then a secondary polishing step in the form of ozone treatment.
Recommended product: ICT series
Read more about energy recovery from kitchen and restaurants in our guide
Do not hesitate - contact Ozone Tech if you want to streamline the property's energy consumption and move towards a more environmentally friendly alternative with an innovative technical solution.