A FARNBOROUGH company has been awarded a prestigious government grant to produce an advanced ozone generator for hygiene purposes.

Ozone Industries has won a Smart Award from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Small Business Service, which aims to encourage innovation.

The company began in 1994 to exploit the potential of ozone generators as a hygiene product and is now the country’s main supplier of such equipment.

The government grant will be used to assess the feasibility of generating small quantities of ozone gas under harsh environmental conditions using a low-cost ion/ozone generator.

The goal is to produce an ozone generator which can be used in products where hygiene is a major concern but cleaning is difficult, such as ice-making machines and hot air hand dryers.

Mike Prince, managing director of Ozone Industries, said: “We are delighted to have received the Smart Award as it has enabled the company to carry out some fundamental research and development on a new technology with tremendous commercial potential but high risks.”