The Hydro-Optic™ (HOD) UV system is an environmentally friendly, non-chemical disinfection method to minimize the risk of mussel fouling by preventing invasion and infestation.
The HOD UV technology measures four critical parameters including %UVT, flow rate, UV lamp intensity (kW) and UV apparatus (consisting of Total Internal Reflection and Dose Pacing) in real time to maintain the minimum required UV dose.
The system uses a proprietary Total Internal Reflection (TIR) based design that when coupled with the comprehensive monitoring of critical parameters allows the system to achieve and maintain the specified UV dose.
The system’s patented TIR technology, which is similar to fiber optic science, recycles UV light energy within the HOD UV chamber. The core of the technology is its water disinfection chamber made of high-quality quartz surrounded by an air block instead of traditional stainless steel. This is especially important given that in traditional UV systems metal adsorbs or “detracts” the UV dose the closer it gets to metal, whereas the TIR enhances the UV dose.
This configuration uses fiber optic principles to trap the UV light photons and recycle their light energy. The photons repeatedly bounce through the quartz surface back into the chamber, effectively increasing their paths and their opportunities to inactivate microbes.