The Chemistry Of Chlorine Generators
The chlorine generator was one of the first alternative sanitizers to be widely used in the pool and spa industry. Chlorine generators are appealing to pool owners because they effectively eliminate the need to purchase, store, and transport chlorine. Chlorine generators now have applications in a variety of other industries, who value them for these very same reasons. Rather than providing an alternative to chlorine, chlorine generators instead produce their own chlorine from regular table salt. Water is passed through a generator cell to create chlorine.
As water passes through the chlorine generator cell, or is pumped through by a filter pump, the salt that is in the water is turned into Hypochlorous acid. This is the exact same component that is produced when chlorine is added to water, whether by means of liquid chlorine or chlorine sticks, tablets, or granules. The water is then pumped back to its source, introducing the newly produced chlorine and thereby preventing algae and bacterial and killing any microorganisms that are already present. This process creates safe, sanitary water that is then used in a variety of applications.
When chlorine generators are used, the salinated water is sanitized through the process of electrolysis. The electrolytic cell, which makes use of a small electric current, breaks the water down into its basic component elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. Adding small quantities of granulated salt (which is similar to household salt, Hypochlorous acid (less glamorously referred to as common chlorine) is produced. During the process the Hypochlorous acid is converted back to salt. This prevents the salt from being used up entirely. Because of this, it is only necessary to add salt once or twice a year.
Chlorine generators are safe and effective and require minimal maintenance. Chlorine generators offer a more environmentally friendly solution to traditional liquid chlorine. In addition, there are multiple drawbacks to transporting and storing liquid chlorine. As it requires four trucks filled with liquid chlorine to do the job of just a single truckload of salt, the primary component in hypochlorite generation, using a chlorine generator is also a more cost-effective solution.
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