Material selection and prediction of solar irradiance in plastic devices for application of solar water disinfection (SODIS) to inactivate viruses, bacteria and protozoa.
journal contributionposted on 21.10.2020, 16:11 by Ángela García-Gil, Cristina Pablos, RA García-Muñoz, Kevin McGuiganKevin McGuigan, Javier Marugán
Solar water disinfection (SODIS) is a simple, inexpensive and sustainable Household Water Treatment (HWT) that is appropriate for low-income countries or emergency situations. Usually, SODIS involves solar exposure of water contained in transparent polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles for a minimum of 6 h. Sunlight, especially UVB radiation, has been demonstrated to photoinactivate bacteria, viruses and protozoa. In this work, an in-depth study of the optical and mechanical properties, weathering and production prices of polymeric materials has been carried out to identify potential candidate materials for manufacturing SODIS devices. Three materials were ruled out (polystyrene (PS), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene (PE)) and four materials were initially selected for study: polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), polypropylene (PP), polycarbonate (PC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). These plastics transmit sufficient solar radiation to kill waterborne pathogens with production costs compensated by their durability under solar exposure. A predictive model has been developed to quantitatively estimate the radiation available for SODIS inside the device as a function of the material and thickness. This tool has two applications: to evaluate design parameters such as thickness, and to estimate experimental requirements such as solar exposure time. In this work, this model evaluated scenarios involving different plastic materials, device thicknesses, and pathogens (Escherichia coli bacterium, MS2 virus and Cryptosporidium parvum protozoon). The developed Solar UV Calculator model is freely available and can be also applied to other customized materials and conditions.
European Union Horizon 2020 - Research and Innovation Framework Programme under WATERSPOUTT H2020-Water-5c-2015 project (GA 688928)
Spanish Ministry of Education (FPU17/04333)
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Published CitationGarcía-Gil A, Pablos C, García-Muñoz RA, McGuigan KG, Marugán J. Material selection and prediction of solar irradiance in plastic devices for application of solar water disinfection (SODIS) to inactivate viruses, bacteria and protozoa. Science of the Total Environment. 2020;730:139126.
Publication Date15 August 2020
- Physiology and Medical Physics
- Population Health and Health Services
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