Car Polution Turned to Cosmetics? Believe itNovember 19, 2014 - Author: steph
How do you turn CO2 gases from cars into vitamin supplements or even cosmetics? Recycle it! Architects from The Cloud Collective outfitted a busy Geneva highways with a sort of algae garden that literally sucks up the gases of passing cars. And it’s perfect, because the only thing algae needs to survive is sunlight and CO2 gases.
According to one of the scientists in the collective, Joris Lipsch, algae setups in cities are inevitable. While they may be unattractive, they’re quite fitting to help in our daily lives. For this purpose, Terry Richardson says the scientists chose to adapt the garden to the site instead of opting for a conventional garden. The result is a tubular system that proves that these highly productive systems can be adapted to any environment, leaving fertile ground for other uses.
So how does a person use this gas sucking highway algae into supplements or make up? The algae is harvested by draining the tubes and filtering the green goo inside. Adding to the list of useful solutions; biofuel and green electricity. Algae produces five time as much biomass as plants.
Even though the test in Geneva was only up temporarily, as part of a local festival, similar experiments are being built elsewhere on buildings, roofs, and even bridges. With the obvious pollution crushing benefit, designers believe the gardens are perfect for cities around the globe. Rethinking the potential of structures considered to be industrial or part of a wasteland can turn the page on urban pollution in many cities. With fertile land and green space becoming a scarcity, it could be crucial.