February 10, 2020 Leave a CommentIn 1839, a scientist by the name of Michael Faraday discovered a groundbreaking technological phenomena known as electrolysis. The basic principle is that an electric current is passed through a substance to cause a chemical change. The chemical change is one in which the substance loses or gains an electron (oxidation or reduction). The actual scientific process is a bit more complex than this, with there being different uses for electrolyzed water. GenEon uses this technology to allow users to produce an electrically charged mixture of water and proprietary minerals known as Electrolyzed Water on demand. This process creates one-step, multipurpose products that offer safe and sustainable cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solutions. Our on-site generation technology provides a competitive advantage in terms of product efficiency, eco-friendliness, and simplicity. We'll talk a bit more about this later.
Uses for Electrolyzed WaterIn short, let's just think of electrolyzed water as an alternative to chlorine. There are many ways to use this solution. It can be used effectively as a sanitizer in food, agriculture, aquaculture, and the medical industry. Electrolyzed water can also be used to disinfect produce. In the book Post-harvest Disinfection of Fruits and Vegetables, "Electrolyzed water has gained more interest recently in food sanitization and safety against plant pathogens, seed treatment, postharvest disease control, fungal control, and foodborne pathogens." Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this method to sanitize food contact surfaces, equipment, and for washing of fruits and vegetables. According to the report "Electrolyzed Water as a Novel Sanitizer in the Food Industry: Current Trends and Future Perspectives," this technology has been used in intervention technologies that include antibiotics, vaccinations, cleaning, and wiping; it has also been successfully used to cut down on, or even prevent, diseases in animals. In the medical field, solutions using electrolyzed water have been used extensively to keep surfaces clean and free of bacteria that can easily be passed from one patient to the next. According to an L.A. Times article, Simple Elixir Called a Miracle Liquid, "A New York poultry processor uses it to kill salmonella on chicken carcasses; Minnesota grocery clerks spray sticky conveyors in the checkout lanes; Michigan jailers mop with electrolyzed water to keep potentially lethal cleaners out of the hands of inmates." These are just a few common uses that show the range of ways this technology can be used, and it seems as if there is no end in sight. This same article points out that it can be used as a cleaner and disinfectant, that it kills athlete's foot and it emphasizes the safety, versatility, and effectiveness of electrolyzed water.
GenEon Maximizes Electrolyzed Water for Cleaning, Sanitizing, and DisinfectingThe process for creating electrolyzed water is called electrochemical activation (ECA). One of the natural minerals that GenEon uses as a catalyst is salt. Salt is a compound comprised of sodium and chloride. Sodium ions are positively charged and chloride ions are negatively charged. GenEon's Onsite Generators expose these ions to a low electrical charge. The positive side of the charge electrochemically converts the chloride ion (Cl) to hypochlorous acid (HOCl), which is a powerful sanitizer. The negative side of the charge electrochemically converts the sodium ion (Na) into sodium hydroxide (NaOH), which is a cleaning compound commonly found in soaps and detergents. Unlike many other OSG systems, GenEon's system is a Blended Stream System that uses both versions in the same solution. The hypochlorous solution is represented as Free Available Chlorine (FAC) that has 80-200 times the sanitizing power of chlorine bleach. Since it is produced at a near-neutral pH, it won't bleach out furniture or clothes. GenEon is the leader in on-site generation of Electrolyzed Water for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting.