The idea is that the new material can be installed from the ground to the roofs of buildings to produce clean air and ecological food.
Humanity is taking rapid steps towards its destruction, as revealed by reports known to experts from around the world. But there are still people hoping to reverse this situation, and part of the solution lies in a joint effort of multiple actions. An example of these is the BioSolar Leaf technology developed in London, England, to improve air quality.
Designed by London University Imperial College in collaboration with Arborea, BIOSOLAR Leaf purifies the air through photosynthesis by microscopic plants, eliminates gases greenhouse of the environment and generates breathable oxygen. All of this is done in a growing system that facilitates the growth of tiny plants – such as microalgae, diatoms and phytoplankton – in large structures similar to solar panels. The idea is that the invention can be installed in vacant lots, buildings or other places.
An interesting point of the project is that the organisms that grow in the panels can be harvested and used as food. The system produces a source of organic biomass from which Arborea wants to extract nutritious food additives for herbal food products. Although microalgae are already used in food, according to Julian Melchiorri, CEO of Arborea, the new panels use a patented production process that “makes cultivation cheaper, more scalable and results in a higher quality product.”
While the project guarantees the production of breathable oxygen at a rate equivalent to 100 trees in a small area, the Melchiorri project focuses on the food system. You want to produce more protein in an ecological way, create more sources of antioxidants and natural food colors. According to its creators, the climate pollution avoided by the production of proteins from algae is even more significant than the ability of algae to absorb CO2 from the air.
Julian Melchiorri, a former student of Imperial College London, is already installing a pilot plant at the institution. Follow the project on the Arborea website.