Living, Algae-Infused Chandelier Purifies the Air

December 28, 2019 at 6:44 pm

Engineer designs beautiful algae chandelier  that cleans air pollution 

A British engineer has designed a chandelier made of algae that passively purifies the air.

Unlike other air purifiers, this one doesn’t need electricity.

Like certain types of bacteria and fungus, algae can remove pollutants from our water and soil by eating them!

It’s a developing science called bioremediation, in which beneficial microorganisms are being used to biodegrade plastic, clean up oil spills, and unclog drains.

You may have seen the beautiful algae walls being used to filter polluted water in India.

The same concept can apparently be used to filter polluted air.

Instead of glass, the leaves of this beautiful piece are infused with a living, algae gel, fed by photosynthesis.

Not only does the algae eat pollutants, it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases oxygen into the air.

Designer Julian Melchiorri is also biochemical technology researcher.

He hopes to one day integrate his algae-leaf design technology into the walls of buildings so they can help mitigate harmful emissions.