Living-plant-based air purifier technology developed by IIT Ropar’s start-up

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Living-plant-based air purifier technology developed by IIT Ropar’s start-up
Living-plant-based air purifier technology developed by IIT Ropar’s start-up

The living-plant-based air purifier technology works through the air-purifying natural leafy plant

A living-plant-based air purifier technology that amplifies the air purification process in the indoor spaces has been developed by budding scientists of Indian Institutes of Technology, Ropar and Kanpur and faculty of management studies of Delhi University. These indoor spaces can either be hospitals, schools, offices and homes.

Urban Air Laboratory, IIT Ropar’s start-up company, which has developed the living-plant-based air purifier technology, claims it to be the world’s first state-of-the-art ‘Smart Bio-Filter’ that can make breathing fresh. It has been incubated at IIT Ropar, which is a designated iHub – AWaDH (agriculture and water technology development hub) by the department of science and technology, Government of India.

The living-plant-based air purifier technology works through the air-purifying natural leafy plant. The room air interacts with leaves and goes to the soil-root zone where maximum pollutants are purified. The novel technology used in this product is ‘Urban Munnar Effect’ along with patent-pending ‘Breathing Roots’ to exponentially amplify the phytoremediation process of the plants. Phytoremediation is a process by which plants effectively remove pollutants from the air.

The living-plant-based air purifier technology ‘Ubreathe Life’ effectively improves indoor air quality by removing particulate, gaseous and biological contaminants while increasing the oxygen levels in the indoor space through specific plants, UV disinfection and a stack of pre-filter, charcoal filter and HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter fitted in a specially designed wooden box. There is a centrifugal fan that creates a suction pressure inside the purifier, and releases purified air, formed at the roots, through the outlet in a 360 degree direction. The specific plants tested for air purification include peace lily, snake plant, spider plants etc. and all have given good results in purifying indoor air.

“This tested product ‘Ubreathe Life’ can be a game changer for maintaining clean air indoors. The research suggests that vaccination by itself may not guarantee safety at workplaces, schools and even closed fully air-conditioned homes unless air filtration, air purification and indoor ventilation becomes part of the building design. The results of testing, conducted by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories and the laboratory of IIT Ropar maintains that the AQI (air quality index) for a room size of 150sqft drops from 311 to 39 in 15 minutes after using ‘Ubreathe Life, the living-plant-based air purifier technology’,” claimed Prof Rajeev Ahuja, director of IIT Ropar.

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