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Water treatment with Copper and/or Silver ionization methodes:
ORIGINATING TECHNOLOGY/ NASA CONTRIBUTION
In the 1960s, NASA’s Manned Space Center (now known as Johnson Space Center) and the Garrett Corporation, Air Research Division, conducted a research program to develop a small, lightweight water purifier for the Apollo spacecraft that would require minimal power and would not need to be monitored around-the-clock by astronauts in orbit. The 9-ounce purifier, slightly larger than a cigarette pack and completely chlorine-free, dispensed silver ions into the spacecraft’s water supply to successfully kill off bacteria. A NASA Technical Brief released around the time of the research reported that the silver ions did not “impart an unpleasant taste to the water.”
NASA’s ingenuity to control microbial contamination in space caught on quickly, opening the doors for safer methods of controlling water pollutants on Earth.
An environmentally friendly protection against legionella and other water-borne bacteria
“Copper is both an essential nutrient and a drinking-water contaminant”
Copper ions can be effective biocides, meaning they have the ability to kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and algae.
This is due to their antimicrobial properties, which can disrupt cellular functions and cause damage to the cell membrane.
Copper ions are commonly used in the form of copper alloys or copper compounds, such as copper sulfate, in a variety of applications, including water treatment, wood preservation, and agriculture.
Due to the negative effects of Silver, we prefer the use of copper-only-ionization in combination with other chemical-free technologies.
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JPS Electronics, combination with UV: UVC-PLUS
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