20 ITAL­IAN AVANT-GARDES

All About Italy (USA) - - Editorial - Oreste Sacco

Most of our cities have se­ri­ous prob­lems with air pol­lu­tion, and pu­ri­fy­ing the air has be­come a pri­or­ity for both pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions.

Ca­sei Gerola’s start-up Anemoth­ech Srl in the prov­ince of Pavia in north­ern Italy has, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Polytech­nic Univer­sity of An­cona, de­vel­oped “The Breath,” an in­no­va­tive new ma­te­rial that in­tro­duces a tech­nol­ogy ca­pa­ble of ab­sorb­ing, block­ing and, fi­nally, break­ing up the pol­lut­ing mol­e­cules present in the at­mos­phere. It is a spe­cial mul­ti­layer ma­te­rial that can be used in var­i­ous ways: to pro­duce smo­geat­ing pub­lic­ity posters, di­dac­tic pan­els for school­rooms, in­for­ma­tional sup­ports for pub­lic lo­cales, of­fice dividers, and per­son­al­ized pan­els for the home.

And its anti-pol­lu­tion ac­tiv­ity comes with a car­bon foot­print of zero, be­cause the ma­te­rial works with­out con­sum­ing any en­ergy—sim­ply tak­ing ad­van­tage of nat­u­ral air cur­rents. “The Breath” at­tracts pol­lut­ing mol­e­cules in­side its car­bon ma­trix ac­ti­vated with spe­cial nano-mol­e­cules, then sep­a­rates the pol­lut­ing agents and traps the par­ti­cles to pre­vent them re­turn­ing to the air. Of­fer­ing a sus­tain­able per­for­mance for around a year, such a tech­nol­ogy is ca­pa­ble of guar­an­tee­ing a con­stant 20% re­duc­tion in pol­lu­tion.

A num­ber of pan­els have al­ready been in­stalled for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion in­side Expo 2015 and around the Meazza Sta­dium in Mi­lan. www.the­breath.it

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