Technology

Bluezone’s revolutionary technology kills or converts contaminants like ethylene and mold.

U.S. Military tested and fielded, Bluezone® technology is a breakthrough approach to air purification; instead of capturing and concentrating airborne contaminants in a particle filter or activated carbon, Bluezone kills or converts chemical and biological impurities. In other words, microbes are killed and chemicals are broken down so that the air circulated through the Bluezone comes out clean and fresh.

Bluezone attacks different airborne contaminants differently. Some airborne contaminants such as ethylene are converted to H2O and CO2 via an oxidation process. Other airborne contaminants such as fungus like powdery mildew or botrytis are killed instantly with Bluezone’s self-contained ultraviolet light. Oxidation and ultraviolet irradiation happen completely inside the reaction chamber of the Bluezone.

Bluezone destroys ethylene, a hormone that promotes ripening and decay.

Ethylene is a naturally occurring plant hormone that promotes ripening in fresh fruit and vegetables. An odorless, colorless gas, ethylene is produced by certain fruits and vegetables as a natural part of their ripening cycle. Some FF&V are more ethylene sensitive and therefore ripen or damage quicker than other FF&V. Apples, apricots, peaches, and pears are not only ethylene sensitive, but produce high amounts of ethylene. Kiwis, watermelons, and persimmons have very high ethylene sensitivity and ripen very quickly when exposed. Storing ethylene producing crops with ethylene sensitive crops can be difficult and sometimes unachievable hence the importance of an ethylene destruction system such as the Bluezone Model 2400.

The Bluezone Model 2400 was developed specifically for the destruction of ethylene in Army FF&V shipping containers sent to troops overseas.

Air purification in grow facilities and greenhouses is crucial for plant yield. 

Maintaining excellent air quality conditions is a must in indoor grows. When grow facilities and greenhouses are designed, temperature and humidity controls are almost always included, but air purification is often overlooked. Poor air quality can decrease plant growth, yields, and product quality in a variety of plants (Todd 1956). Destructive airborne diseases such as powdery mildew and botrytis are more likely to grow and spread throughout a facility with poor air quality. These pathogens have the potential to wipe out entire grows in a matter of weeks (McPartland, 1996). Spores of powdery mildew and botrytis are dispersed throughout the facility by oscillating fans or from workers walking by, rubbing against, or working with the plants. Purified air is a must have in all indoor facilities especially when cannabis plants are budding and develop trichomes with sticky resin. Airborne spores easily attach to the trichome resin and infect the cannabis flower (Punja, 2018). The early stages of both powdery mildew and botrytis are difficult to diagnose because of latency periods longer than two weeks (Zheng, 2013). That gives the disease a minimum of two weeks to spread before a problem is evident, which is why continuous air cleaning is recommended.

The Bluezone Model 420, designed for grow facility, greenhouse and dispensary applications, reduces airborne mold and odors via oxidation and UV irradiation. Bluezone is a plug and play solution that is easily installed in any facility without disturbing ongoing operations. For detailed cannabis case studies please visit our case studies page.