A high school student from Texas is showing us that innovative and sustainable thinking is already coming from the next generation of inventors and scientist. As the next generation is forced to contemplate the crisis that their past generations have bestowed upon them, the intention of an idea can mean everything.
Param Jaggi, a senior at Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas, has invented a bioactive filter for petrol driven automobiles that converts carbon dioxide to oxygen and reduces CO2 levels within the exhaust by 89 percent. With this technology, Param was named the winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award. As we transition from oil based technologies to global sustainable technologies, these types of solutions show great insight to addressing the problems we have now.
The scientific solution comes from a source that knows best, nature. The prototype device is a small transparent canister with permeable membranes that costs about $30. The automobile CO2 exhaust enters the canister and passes through a solution of Chlorella algae. The algae converts carbon dioxide to oxygen and sugar, which is released through the exhaust exit. It’s simple, mass producible, cost effective, life cycle sustainable, and can potentially make fast and effective decreases on our global carbon footprint.
Param is pursuing the patent rights for his invention, and hopefully we’ll have them behind every Garden City Homes For Sale very soon. The application will apply not only to automobiles, but to any engine that produces CO2 emissions. Changing the canister will be as easy to change every 5-6 months depending on use. The product will undergo a development process of course, but the simplicity of the design is brilliant.
The real satisfaction that comes from this story is that kids are starting to think globally. Generations of the future will look back on now and wonder what we were thinking. The truth is that we were not really thinking things all the way through at all, like a garage door half closed. We came up with some remarkable inventions and discoveries in the 20th Century, many of which have changed the world for the better. But the evolution of invention must consider the impact it has through its life cycle on the environment, the resources, the manufacturing, the people who use it, and if any waste.
Encourage your children to think globally. Programs like the EPA’s P3 program; People, Prosperity and the Planet, will help guide our young generation to take their ideas to a deeper global level. Good thinking Param. Congratulations.
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