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How We Turned Air Pollution Into Ink


How we turned air pollution into ink

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How We Turned Air Pollution Into Ink


How we turned air pollution into ink

THE TECHNOLOGY

We partnered with scientist Anirudh Sharma of Graviky Labs to innovate devices that collected pollution from exhausts before it reached our air.

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THE HARDWARE

The unit automatically turns on when an engine is activated and gases start flowing through the exhaust. This activates the flow and thermo sensor, which, in turn, engages a mechatronic capture system. All fine particle matter is then captured within the walls of the unit; however, gases are allowed to pass through, leaving the engine unaffected.  When the lights on the exterior of the unit turn from blue to red, the catchment is full.

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The Tech


The Tech


HARVESTING POLLUTION

 We fitted the devices to trucks, generators and ferries across Asia and over a period of months, captured billions of particles that would otherwise be in our air…or lungs. 

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CREATING INK

Back in the lab, the captured pollution is taken through a process that removes trace heavy metals and carcinogens. The purified soot goes through several industrial processes to make different types of inks and paints.  

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Air Ink lockup


Air Ink lockup