On September 23, 2009, UniLaSalle set up its Ozone feasibility laboratory.
Under the 2007-2013 Interregional Plan Contract and leveraging the momentum of the global Industries and Agro-Resources (IAR) competitive cluster, UniLaSalle is involved in developing technologies for implementing and using ozone and the related process engineering skills. UniLaSalle aims to become a European center of excellence for research, development and technology transfer in these disciplines.
UniLaSalle set up its « feasibility » lab to investigate how ozone reacts in aqueous media, solutes, fine divided solids and coarse divided solids. Four generic reactors were designed, produced and installed. They have been operational since June 2009.
This facility offers a wide range of possibilities for designing feedstock, decontaminating raw materials and agricultural co-products, decontaminating water, soil and air, pretreating organic materials to increase their biodegradability, extracting useful molecules for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, etc.
The feasibility lab is equipped with systems for ozone generation from air or concentrated oxygen and cooling systems as necessary for the ozone generator and the reactors. It has liquid oxygen storage facilities, a dry air preparation system and a mechanism for destroying residual ozone after reaction and before it is released into the atmosphere.
This unique facility has been designed to meet the requirements of industrial applications and can be used to perform virtually all theoretical and feasibility studies. The main areas of investigation are the environment, non-food applications for agro-resources, green chemistry, hygiene and food safety.