Frequently Asked Questions
What is the technology?
The technology is known as Electro-Chemically Activated Solution (ECAS). That’s where salt, water, and electricity are combined in an electrolysis process. A dilute solution of salt brine flows between two halves of an electrically charged cell where there is an anode chamber and a cathode chamber (like a battery). Salt (NaCl) is split into a Sodium (Na) based cleaner and Chlorine (Cl) based sanitizer.
What is the sanitizer?
The sanitizer is referred to as Anolyte since it comes from the anode chamber of the electrolytic cell. Its chemistry is Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl)…sounds scary but it’s not. Hypochlorous is a species of chlorine having very high bactericidal activity against a many harmful microorganisms. It’s the microbial killing chemistry of chlorine based sanitizers and disinfectants. Hypochlorous is cleared by the FDA as a high-level disinfectant. Yet, with a near neutral pH, it is very friendly to humans, animals, and the environment.
What is the cleaner?
The cleaner is referred to as Catholyte since it comes from the cathode chamber of the electrolytic cell. Its chemistry is Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) which also sounds scary but it’s not. It forms the basis of many cleaners and degreasers across many industries with a broad range of uses. It comes in pH of 10.5 and 12 and is also very friendly to humans, animals, and the environment.
What are the benefits to my dairy?
Lower Chemical Cost
A monthly rental fee is charged for the use of the ECAS Generator which is installed right at the farm. That monthly rental fee will likely be significantly lower than you are paying for chemicals on a monthly basis.
Made on the Farm, Simple to Use
The Anolyte and Catholyte solutions are dispensed ready to use. No mixing needed.
Friendly to the Cows, Humans, and the Earth.
The solutions are very effective yet non-toxic, non-irritating and biodegradable. This is due to the saltwater electrolysis method of producing the solutions which are made on-site and ready to use. Harsh chemical stabilizers commonly used for transport of chemicals are not needed. Specifically for the Anolyte sanitizer with its hypochlorous chemistry, humans and animals are very tolerant. The pH is a near neutral 6.5. Interesting fact: the very same hypochlorous chemistry is produced naturally in our own bodies; it’s actually hypochlorous acid that our white blood cells use to fight infection.
What are the uses?
Our customers are finding new uses for these versatile chemicals everyday. Here are some of the more popular uses:
- Post Teat
- CIP systems
- COP systems
- Hoof Baths
- Bottle wash
- General cleaning and sanitizing of equipment, tanks and lines
- Odor Control.
There are many. See the list here.
Also, the Generator is labeled with the EPA On-Site as an Pesticidal Device, Establishment # 88942-WA-001.
You might ask: Why a “Pesticidal” device authorization? It’s because the EPA considers the harmful microorganisms we seek to control as “pests”. To produce a pesticide, like we do, using a device that is located on-site there has to be a specific EPA authorization.
How hard is it to use the ECAS Generator or the solutions?
Easy. The Generator operates at the push of a button. Storage vessels are provided which capture the solutions. The solutions are ready to use. We supply dispensing equipment. You fill a bucket, sprayer, or other container.
What do you have to do? Simply add salt to the brine tank. A 40 lb bag is about $8.00.
How about buying the generator rather than renting it?
We don’t offer a buying program. The rental program is the better choice for the farmer as it provides a cash positive return quickly. The equipment and the license to use the patented technology is expensive, making a buying program not economical for the farmer. For us, we see the financial merit in having long term steady rental income. As such, we are willing to have our ROI occur over many months. It’s a win-win for both.
How many years is the rental contract?
What is the cost of the monthly rental fee?
It depends on the number of milking cows which roughly equates to usage. The normal monthly rental rate is between $500 and $1000.
What research is available?
We’ve included a sampling of research data here. Please also search the internet for Hypochlorous Acid or Electrolized Water. You’ll find an overwhelming amount of research that show how effective these chemistries are.
Can HOCL be dispersed by fog?
Yes! Hypochlorous Acid can be dispersed through a number of methods including conventional sprayers, electrostatic sprayers and ultrasonic nebulization technology. For ultrasonic nebulization see Diligence Corp and Contronics.