Ultra Violet – UV

With the largest portfolio of innovative products and services and the most knowledgeable people in the industry, Siemens Water Technologies is uniquely positioned to provide answers for some of the world’s most pressing water challenges. Serving the needs of municipal, industrial and aquatic customers globally, Siemens Water Technologies helps customers conserve, protect and manage the world’s limited water resources.

Siemens Water Technologies is the premier provider of total disinfection and chemical dosing solutions. Our extensive portfolio, which includes the trusted Wallace & Tiernan® and Stranco® disinfection and dosing
product lines, is designed to meet your most rigorous demands in virtually any water application and give you access to both the latest advances and widest range of proven technologies. UV Technology  Definition and Mechanism.

In the electromagnetic spectrum, UV light is located between visible light and X-rays, with light emitted at wavelengths ranging from 100 to 400 nm. In this region, UV is further divided into 4 distinct regions: UV-A (315 –
400 nm), UV-B (280 – 315 nm), UV-C (200 – 280 nm), and vacuum UV (100 – 200 nm).

For disinfection purposes, inactivation of microorganisms is carried out by UV-C light, which targets the nucleic acids (DNA and/or RNA) of microorganisms. Exposure
to UV-C light prevents the DNA/RNA from replicating and therefore, the microorganism is prevented from reproducing. Cells that cannot reproduce, cannot infect and are, therefore, harmless.

Treatment Objectives
For water treatment, UV irradiation can be used for multiple purposes. For most applications, UV is used for disinfection, i.e. inactivation of microorganisms, more specifically waterborne pathogens.
For other applications, UV is used for the removal of organic and inorganic chemicals, including chlorine, chloramines, ozone and Total Organic Carbon (TOC).

When combined with oxidants such as ozone or hydrogen peroxide, or semiconductors such as titanium dioxide, UV can be used for the oxidation of refractory chemicals such as chlorinated solvents, taste and odor
compounds, and other emerging contaminants such asendocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), pharmaceuticals, nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) and methyl-tert-butylether (MTBE).

Advantages of UV Technologies

  • UV disinfection has been successfully applied worldwide for decades, and has numerous advantages:
  • It is effective for all types of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
  • It is a chemical-free technology. No requirement for chemical transport, storage, handling or removal. It is not corrosive. There is no hazard associated with accidental overdosing.
  • It is characterized by a low capital and operating cost.
  • It is easy to maintain and operate.
  • It does not form disinfection by-products (DBPs) of health concern.
  • It is compact and easy to retrofit.
  • Its efficacy is independent of pH.
  • It does not impact the aesthetic quality of the water (taste, odor, color).
  • It is safe and environmentally-friendly.

UV Lamp Technologies

Most commercially available UV systems use mercury-based gas discharge UV lamps. These lamps are divided primarily between monochromatic low-pressure lamps (including standard, high output
and amalgam lamps) and polychromatic medium-pressure lamps. Low and medium-pressure lamps vary significantly in physical properties. Optimum lamp selection will be determined depending
on the application.

Powerful medium-pressure lamps are characterized by a smaller footprint, lower headloss, and lower maintenance due to fewer lamps to replace. In addition, their efficiency is not impacted by
water temperature, and their broad action on the microorganism’s proteins, DNA, and enzymes minimizes the risk of reactivation (photoreactivation and dark repair). Recent research has shown
that some viruses are more sensitive to the polychromatic medium pressure UV lamps than to the monochromatic low-pressure UV lamps, therefore requiring a lower UV dose. On the other hand, low-pressure
lamps exhibit longer life, consume less power, and are less prone to quartz sleeve fouling since they operate at a lower temperature.

Product Offering

Municipal Drinking Water Systems Siemens Water Technologies’ UV systems are ideally suited for small and medium-sized community drinking water systems. The addition of ultraviolet technology
to other disinfection processes provides a multi-barrier approach, ensuring complete inactivation of waterborne pathogens, including protozoa such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia, while reducing the formation of disinfection by-products.

Benefits of the Barrier® UV Systems: 

  • Small footprint provides for simple and low-cost installation
  • Low lamp replacement cost with powerful medium pressure UV lamps
  • Energy savings with low-pressure amalgam UV lamps
  • Effective cleaning with manual or automatic mechanical cleaning system, supplemented if necessary by chemical cleaning
  • Certified by drinking water industry leading DVGW Municipal Wastewater Systems
  • The Barrier® UV product lines are offered in a versatile range of systems for wastewater and water reuse applications. For such applications, UV technology represents an advantageous and cost-effective alternative to chlorination. This versatility allows us to configure a solution to meet each customer’s needs.

Benefits of the Barrier® UV Systems:

  • Available in vertical and horizontal open-channel configurations
  • Available in closed-vessel, chambered configurations, including in-line systems
  • Low-pressure and medium-pressure lamp technologies
  • Automatic mechanical cleaning available for all systems, supplemented if necessary by chemical cleaning
  • Certified by industry leading HydroQual Inc. for water reuse applications (Title 22/NWRI Guidelines)

With the growing emphasis on water sustainability, there is a growing interest in rainwater harvesting. UV plays a vital role in providing disinfection of the harvested rainwater regardless of the application.

Industrial Systems

The Barrier® UV product lines provide a large scope of systems to meet a variety of applications, regardless of size. From the
small-flow and medium-flow SL and A series to the large-flow Sun and M series, Siemens offers a comprehensive range to meet most application needs.

Benefits of Barrier® UV Systems:

Capacity range from 0.05 to 1,150 m3/h (0.25 to 5,000 US gpm)

  • Available in PVC for saline/seawater/corrosive applications
  • Customized systems for ozone destruction, combined and free chlorine destruction and total organic carbon (TOC) reduction
  • Customized systems for liquid sugar disinfection
  • Options include explosion-proof construction for hazardous environments
  • Low-pressure standard output, high-output, amalgam and medium-pressure lamp technologies
  • Effective cleaning with manual or automatic mechanical cleaning system
  • Optional PLC control

Commercial Systems

Siemens Water Technologies offers a wide range of Barrier® UV systems for commercial applications. By combining Barrier A and SB-DOH series, low-pressure systems engineered for lower
flow applications, and Barrier® Sun (low-pressure) and Barrier® M (medium-pressure) systems, engineered for medium- and large-flow applications, Siemens Water Technologies designs
and manufactures equipment to meet all of your project’s needs.

Benefits of Barrier® UV Systems:

  • Equipment designs for all capacities
  • Low-pressure standard output, high-output, amalgam and medium-pressure lamp technologies
  • Small footprint provides for simple, low-cost and space-saving installations
  • Custom configurations available

Aquatics/Leisure/Swimming Pool UV Systems

The Barrier® range of aquatic products includes low and medium-pressure systems designed to control/inactivate waterborne pathogens. The medium-pressure Barrier® M series are particularly effective in the removal of odorous and harmful chloramines in indoor swimming pools.

Benefits of Barrier® UV Systems:

  • Capacities up to 1,000 m3/h (4,500 USGPM)
  • Designed for disinfection and chloramines removal
  • Low-pressure standard output, high-output, amalgam and medium-pressure lamp technologies
  • Certified by National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) – Standard 50

Residential/Consumer Systems
The Sunburst™ series of UV systems are designed for use in homes, businesses, boats or recreational vehicles. The units can be installed where water enters the residence (point of entry –POE) or under counters (point of use – POU).

Benefits of the Sunburst™ UV systems:

  • Economical to operate and maintain
  • Easy to service
  •  Wide range of configurations available

Siemens Water Technologies operates in over 180 locations worldwide with more than 5,000 employees in 15 countries. Engineering and manufacturing facilities of our chemical dosing and disinfection products are strategically located in the UK, USA, and Germany, with support for customers around the world through local sales, service and distribution centers.

To protect your investment in our premium quality equipment, we deliver unrivaled after-sales service packages

  • including technical support, training, on-site service and spare parts
  • provided by a worldwide network of factory trained and dedicated professionals.

Barrier, Stranco, Sunburst and Wallace & Tiernan are trademarks of Siemens, its subsidiaries or affiliates.

NSF is a trademark of NSF International. HydroQual, Inc. is a trademark of HydroQual, Inc.

The information provided in this literature contains merely general descriptions or characteristics of performance which in an actual case of use do not always apply as described or which may change as a result of further development of the products. An obligation to provide the respective characteristics shall only exist if expressly agreed in the terms of the contract.

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