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The Ozone Molecule

Ozone is a gas made up of three (3) atoms of oxygen:

O + O + O = O3

Oxygen (we breathe) is made up of two (2) atoms of oxygen:

O + O = O2

 

The atoms in O2 are stable – each atom “holds on” to the other.

The atoms in O3 consist of a stable pair (O2) and a third, unstable atom.

It is the unstable atom that gives ozone its power!  Ozone is generated when energy “splits” the stable O2 bond.

Ozone Can be Generated in Three Ways:

Naturally occurring

  • Formed when lightning strikes
  • Ozone layer formed by UV energy from the sun

Man made (incidental)

  • Welding, copy machines

Man made (deliberate)

  • Corona Discharge ozone generation
  • UV ozone generation