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1. WO2020006196 - SYSTÈME ET PROCÉDÉ DE DÉSINFECTION À L'OZONE

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Claims:

1. A system for sanitizing various objects using ozone gas, the system comprising:

an ozone generating device configured to generate ozone gas for sanitizing one or more objects; and

a vessel configured to couple with the ozone generating device for receiving the ozone gas to sanitize the one or more objects stored inside the vessel during an ozone sanitizing cycle,

wherein the system is configured to recirculate at least a gas mixture generated during the ozone sanitizing cycle to increase an ozone concentration inside the vessel.

2. The system of claim 1, further comprising:

a first connecting means for coupling a first end of the ozone generating device and a first end of the vessel such that the ozone gas generated by the ozone generating device is directed into the vessel through the first connecting means; and

a second connecting means for coupling a second end of the ozone generating device and a second end of the vessel such that the gas mixture inside the vessel during the ozone sanitizing cycle is directed through the second connecting means into the ozone generating device for additional ozone generation to be delivered via the first connecting means into the vessel.

3. The system of claim 1, wherein a first end of the ozone generating device and a first end of the vessel are configured to couple with each other directly without using any connecting hose,

the system further comprises a connecting means for coupling a second end of the ozone generating device and a second end of the vessel such that the gas mixture generated during the ozone sanitizing cycle is directed through the connecting means between the vessel and the ozone generating device for additional ozone generation to be delivered into the vessel.

4. The system of claim 1, wherein an outlet port of the ozone generating device and an inlet port of the vessel are configured to couple with each other directly without using any connecting hose during the ozone sanitizing cycle,

wherein the outlet port and the inlet port are configured to form:

a first gas conduit for delivering the ozone gas generated by the ozone generating device into the vessel, and

a second gas conduit for directing the gas mixture inside the vessel during the ozone sanitizing cycle into the ozone generating device for additional ozone generation to be delivered through the first gas conduit into the vessel.

5. The system of claim 1, wherein an outlet port of the ozone generating device and an inlet port of the vessel are configured to couple with each other directly without using any connecting hose, such that the ozone gas generated by the ozone generating device is directed into the vessel during the ozone sanitizing cycle,

wherein an inlet port of the ozone generating device and an outlet port of the vessel are configured to couple with each other directly without using any connecting hose, such that the gas mixture inside the vessel is directed into the ozone generating device for additional ozone generation to be delivered through the outlet port of the ozone generating device into the interior of the vessel.

6. The system of claim 1, wherein the ozone generating device is configured to use a corona discharge to generate the ozone gas.

7. The system of claim 1, wherein the ozone generating device includes at least one valve to inflate the vessel prior to the ozone sanitizing cycle, wherein the at least one valve is configured to detect an air pressure difference between a surrounding environment of the system and an interior of the system, and close or open in response to detecting the air pressure difference such that at least the gas mixture is recirculated.

8. The system of claim 1, wherein the vessel comprises:

a first end having a resealable locking means for providing access to an interior of the vessel in an open position and for preventing ozone gas leakage from the vessel in a closed position; and

a second end having a portal implemented thereon, the portal including a first port for connecting with one object stored inside the vessel, a second port for connecting with an ozone gas release port of the ozone generating device, and a connector portion affixing the portal to the second end of the vessel and connecting the first and second ports.

9. The system of claim 8, wherein the first port, the second port, and the connector portion are concentrically aligned along a longitudinal axis, wherein the first port and the second port have different cross sectional profiles.

10. The system of claim 8, wherein the second port mates with a matching port implemented around the ozone gas release port of the ozone generating device.

11. The system of claim 10, wherein the ozone generating device comprises a safety switch configured to prevent the ozone generating device from generating the ozone gas in response to detecting that the second port is improperly connected to the matching port.

12. The system of claim 1, wherein the system is configured to purge the ozone gas inside the ozone generating device and the vessel at the end of the ozone sanitizing cycle to prevent the ozone gas from being released into the surrounding area when the vessel is opened for retrieval of the one or more objects therein.

13. The system of claim 12, wherein the ozone generating device is configured to have at least one fan with at least two different speeds, wherein the at least one fan is configured to operate with a first speed during the ozone sanitizing cycle, and operate with a second speed at the end of the ozone sanitizing cycle, wherein the second speed is higher than the first speed,

wherein at least one of the ozone generating device and the vessel has a discharge port coupled with an ozone gas neutralizing device,

the system further comprises a pressure sensitive valve installed on the discharge port, wherein the pressure sensitive valve is configured to: close in response to detecting a lower pressure in the vessel and the fan is operating with the first speed, and open in response to detecting a greater pressure in the vessel and the fan is operating with the second speed.

14. The system of claim 1, wherein the ozone generating device is configured to internally create an air pressure difference region along an air recirculation path, wherein the air pressure difference region is configured to have a fluid communication with a surrounding environment of the ozone generating device via inlet and outlet ports of the ozone generating device.

15. The system of claim 1, wherein the system is configured to identify a size of the vessel and determine an ozone treatment duration based at least on the size of the vessel.

16. A method for sanitizing various objects using ozone gas, the method comprising:

generating ozone gas using an ozone generating device;

coupling a vessel with the ozone generating device for receiving the ozone gas to sanitize one or more objects stored inside the vessel during an ozone sanitizing cycle; and recirculating at least a gas mixture generated during the ozone sanitizing cycle to increase an ozone concentration inside the vessel.

17. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

coupling a first end of the ozone generating device and a first end of the vessel using a first connecting means, such that the ozone gas generated by the ozone generating device is directed into the vessel through the first connecting means; and

coupling a second end of the ozone generating device and a second end of the vessel using a second connecting means, such that the gas mixture inside the vessel during the ozone sanitizing cycle is directed through the second connecting means into the ozone generating device for additional ozone generation to be delivered via the first connecting means into the vessel.

18. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

coupling a first end of the ozone generating device and a first end of the vessel with each other directly without using any connecting hose; and

coupling a second end of the ozone generating device and a second end of the vessel using a connecting means, such that the gas mixture generated during the ozone sanitizing cycle is directed through the connecting means between the vessel and the ozone generating device for additional ozone generation to be delivered into the vessel.

19. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

coupling an outlet port of the ozone generating device and an inlet port of the vessel with each other directly without using any connecting hose during the ozone sanitizing cycle; forming a first gas conduit through the outlet port and the inlet port for delivering the ozone gas generated by the ozone generating device into the vessel; and

forming a second gas conduit through the outlet port and the inlet port for directing the gas mixture inside the vessel during the ozone sanitizing cycle through the second gas conduit into the ozone generating device for additional ozone generation to be delivered into the vessel.

20. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

coupling an outlet port of the ozone generating device and an inlet port of the vessel with each other directly without using any connecting hose, such that the ozone gas generated by the ozone generating device is directed into the vessel during the ozone sanitizing cycle; and

coupling an inlet port of the ozone generating device and an outlet port of the vessel with each other directly without using any connecting hose, such that the gas mixture inside the vessel is directed into the ozone generating device for additional ozone generation to be delivered through the outlet port of the ozone generating device into the vessel.

21. The method of claim 16, wherein the ozone generating device is configured to use a corona discharge to generate the ozone gas.

22. The method of claim 16, further comprising:

installing at least one valve on the ozone generating device to inflate the vessel prior to the ozone sanitizing cycle;

detecting, by the at least one valve, an air pressure difference between a surrounding environment of the ozone generating device and the vessel and an interior of the ozone generating device and the vessel; and

closing or opening, by the at least one valve, in response to detecting the air pressure difference such that at least the gas mixture is recirculated.

23. The method of claim 16, wherein the vessel comprises:

a first end having a resealable locking means for providing access to an interior of the vessel in an open position and for preventing ozone gas leakage from the vessel in a closed position; and

a second end having a portal implemented thereon, the portal including a first port for connecting with one object stored inside the vessel, a second port for connecting with an ozone gas release port of the ozone generating device, and a connector portion affixing the portal to the second end of the vessel and connecting the first and second ports.

24. The method of claim 23, further comprising concentrically aligning the first port, the second port, and the connector portion along a longitudinal axis, wherein the first port and the second port have different cross sectional profiles.

25. The method of claim 23, wherein the second port mates with a matching port implemented around an ozone gas release port of the ozone generating device.

26. The method of claim 25, wherein the ozone generating device comprises a safety switch configured to prevent the ozone generating device from generating the ozone gas in response to detecting that the second port is improperly connected to the matching port.

27. The method of claim 16, further comprising purging the ozone gas inside the ozone generating device and the vessel at the end of the ozone sanitizing cycle to prevent the ozone gas from being released into the surrounding area when the vessel is opened for retrieval of the one or more obj ects therein.

28. The method of claim 27, further comprising:

installing at least one fan with at least two different speeds within the ozone generating device, wherein the at least one fan is configured to operate with a first speed during the ozone sanitizing cycle, and operate with a second speed at the end of the ozone sanitizing cycle, wherein the second speed is higher than the first speed;

installing a discharge port coupled with an ozone gas neutralizing device on at least one of the ozone generating device and the vessel; and

installing a pressure sensitive valve on the discharge port, wherein the pressure sensitive valve is configured to: close in response to detecting a lower pressure in the vessel and the fan is operating with the first speed, and open in response to detecting a greater pressure in the vessel and the fan is operating with the second speed.

29. The method of claim 16, further comprising creating an air pressure difference region along an air recirculation path inside the ozone generating device, wherein the air pressure difference region is configured to have a fluid communication with a surrounding environment of the ozone generating device via inlet and outlet ports of the ozone generating device.

30. The method of claim 16, further comprising identifying a size of the vessel and determining an ozone treatment duration based at least on the size of the vessel.