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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