Are algae-powered oxygen bars on the horizon?

October 18, 2016 by  
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While the idea may seem strange at first, these pods could actually be the answer to the increasing problem of urban pollution and carbon emissions . The World Health Organization predicts that by 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in big cities, and a recent study from WHO found that a staggering 92% of the human beings on the planet are already being exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution . That’s a lot of people who could benefit from a quick daily dose of purified air. The design of the structure does more than simply purify the air. It also uses semi-transparent Teflon membranes to reduce noise and visual stimulation – creating a quiet, isolated escape for tired visitors who want to relax and recharge. The algae fountain in the center consists of a series of photobioreactors filled with five cubic meters of water and algae. Surrounding the core photobioreactor would be ten rail-bound relaxation chairs placed in a circle, to allow quiet time for study and reflection – it’s sort of an oxygen bar meets library. The chairs can be shifted individually in order to facilitate social gatherings or to create a more private personal space. This innovative design impressed us so much that it took both the Grand Prize and the Healing Spaces Prize in Inhabitat’s recent Biodesign Competition . Related: Biodesign Competition winners announced – algae takes center stage An urban escape from pollution wouldn’t be the only benefit to this design. We could also harness elements of this design to help reduce overall atmospheric CO2 – a pressing issue at a time when existing carbon sinks worldwide are disappearing. Deforestation could potentially lead to a massive increase in unabsorbed carbon dioxide pollution. Researchers predict that deforestation in the Amazon, has already led to a 12% increase in carbon emissions worldwide since the 1960s, and that will only increase as farming and logging continue in the region. Environmental changes such as drought have severely impacted the ability of trees to store carbon and have even caused them to release it into the atmosphere instead. + Ádám Miklósi

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs

October 21, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adam Miklosi , agar agar , airbus , algae , Algae Curtain-a , algae farm , algae farming , algae greenhouses , algae power , algae-powered aircraft , algae-powered LED , algae-powered planes , AlgaeBulb , algaerium , bio-adaptive microalgae facade , bio-reactive louvers , bioluminescence , biophotovoltaic panels , CELSS , Chlorella , chlorella algae , chlorella pyrenoidosa spirulina microalgae , claudia pasquero , controlled ecological life support system , crane greenhouses , Diamond DA 42 , dino pet , dinoflagellate algae , eads , eco-city , EcoLogicStudio , energy futures project , ETFE pedals , future fruits , glow in the dar , Gyula Bodonyi , lille , LOOP.PH , marco poletto , Marianne Cauvard , Marin Sawa , micro-ecologies , migro towers , Noisy Jelly , photobioreactor , Photosynthesizing Textile , Raphaël Pluvinage , red algae , renewable energy , simrishamn , Splitterwerk Architects , Sweden , yonder biology

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Portable Algae-Powered ‘Chlorella’ Pods Could Provide Fresh Air in Polluted Cities

June 18, 2012 by  
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By now you’ve probably already heard about (or even visited) “ oxygen bars” – a phenomenon that first saw the light of day in 1996 in Toronto, Canada. Now imagine a future where you could enter portable pavilions with air purified by algae . Designed by Ádám Miklósi , Chlorella combines algae photosynthesis with oxygen therapy to create a fresh air oasis for future urban environments. Read the rest of Portable Algae-Powered ‘Chlorella’ Pods Could Provide Fresh Air in Polluted Cities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adam Miklosi , algea photosynthesis , Chlorella , green architecture , oxygen , oxygen therapy , pavilion , symbiosis

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