2010: The Year in Innovation

Teru Onishi
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An Electron Blast That Sterilizes

Before bottles can be filled with noncarbonated sugary liquid, they must be sterilized, using either chemicals or heat. Advanced Electron Beams hopes to make the process easier and more eco-friendly with its new compact e25ITB Beam Emitter. The emitter shoots out a spray of electrons that breaks the chemical bonds of germs and bacteria inside the container. Using electron beams for sterilization isn't new, but AEB's emitter is much smaller than conventional models, which allows it to be integrated into assembly lines. Read more.