An artificial tree that will produce oxygen for cities

An artificial tree that will produce oxygen for cities

Without oxygen there is no life – at least not for humans. Precious CO2 molecules are decreasing in most congested and smog-covered cities. Even though we are aware of this situation we still continue to relentlessly destroy the world’s forests. Beside activists and environmental groups, it seems that no one else cares in the world.

Without oxygen there is no life – at least not for humans. Precious CO2 molecules are decreasing in most congested and smog-covered cities. Even though we are aware of this situation we still continue to relentlessly destroy the world’s forests. Beside activists and environmental groups, it seems that no one else cares in the world.

Therefore,
the decision to invent a mechanical solution to the problem was set in place. Artificial trees powered by solar
panels on top of them should help cities with extremely poor air quality. The Earth’s population is continuously
and rapidly increasing, the cities are expanding without sufficient space for
the planned green space and more people suffering from respiratory problems,
while destroying the environment of acid rain. Trees, which through photosynthesis convert
CO2 back to oxygen, can no longer keep pace.

The
whole idea started from a competition named “Boston Treepods 2011” that
was launched in Massachusetts, under the auspices of the Organization SHIFTBoston. Under the terms of competition, the
“tree” should produce oxygen, but without the need for planting, soiling
or watering. Therefore, the researchers of the University of Colombia, led by
Klaus Lackner, designed an artificial tree that would naturally in producing
oxygen. The project named
“Boston Treepod Initiative”.

Their
“tree” looks like an existing type called “dragon’s blood”,
which grows in the Indian Ocean. The
shape of this tree is very suitable because of the strong branches and a broad
crown on top of that will be placed a massive solar power modules. However, when they were testing the
device they discovered that the modules themselves are not able to meet the
energy needs of appliances, so the team went a step further and set swings and
seesaws, and various other equipment for children around the tree which will
produce energy by people using the components, the kinetic energy of the
people.

The
“tree” will be made from recycled plastic bottles, and will resemble
a huge futuristic lamp that will glow with different colors at night. We are still waiting for the financial
support necessary to produce the first prototype, but SHIFTBostonu hopes that
the first prototype will be “planted” by 2012.

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