Lamp fouling is a significant problem among conventional ultraviolet (UV) technologies due to the risk of contamination by clogging. In addition energy requirements in conventional systems increase in order for high intensity lamps to compensate for the reduction in penetration depth due to clogging. A researcher at the University of California Davis has developed a novel system for UV treatment of water and wastewater. The design is such that the flow and resident time allows for the elimination of contaminants from treated water. the device has the ability to separate suspened solids so as to prevent potential shielding of pathogens from UV radiation. The invention can also perform Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP) which are highly suitable for dealing with emergent contaminants. Applications: Water and wastewater treatment by UV disinfection.
1) Eliminates fouling of cylinders and tubes 2) Reduced energy consumption 3) Reduced hydraulic losses 4) Fewer lamps required 5) Modest infrastructure requirements 6) Prevents potential \"shielding\"" of pathogens from UV radiation 7) High disinfection efficiency 8) Mobile 9) Small-scale adaptability 10) Durable and low-maintenance 11) Can perform AOP on emergent contaminants"