I’m going to start a new position as project manager @ Airboxlab, I really liked the team, philosophy, and way of work in the company, so I decided to join in.
I’m going to read a bit about cleantech and clean-air-tech to learn some in advanced and I’m doing it before I’ll start to work there so I won’t expose any inside data, business or technical or any data that hurt the company, a good business plan never rely on secrets but anyway…
The importance of domain knowledge is that it’s the base of everything that happens on the technical side and that’s the potential to do staff much better.
So, let’s begin.
What is cleantech?
By Wikipedia :
Clean technology refers to any process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts
Clean-Air-Tech – is referring to the technology that monitor air quality and air pollution, and the technology that cleans it.
Sorry in advanced for the history geeks if it’s not accurate, post a reply and I’ll fix the historical facts.
Water/ Air supply – status
In the past water was every where, or at least villages and cities have to be next to clean drinking water, the best way to kill a settlement was to pollute the water source, since the roman empire, cities start to grow and water became a product.
Now days there are 41.5K employees for the US government that work explicit on water Water supply [source] and it cost to the American tax payer 149,516,770.25 $ per month
I couldn’t find any US governmental employee that in charge on air quality or air cleaning, There is probably some, but not enough to make a department of it.
There are tons of researches that the air that we breath getting worst every year …
For example in Mexico city as the world biggest city and one of the worst air quality, there is long time researches that found that in PM10¹ there is drop down from 175 μg/m³ to 50 μg/m³ but PM2.5 is the same for more than 10 years around 25 μg/m³.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a PM2.5 standard for outdoor air at 15 μg/m3. California has set an even stricter standard of 12 μg/m3.
Air cleaning –
Not to pollute-
This is the “easiest” way, just regulate the factories, cars, house hold etc. and you won’t pollute any more.
This is more complicated, during the last 200 years factories are polluting like crazies, not just the regulated CO2 but also particulate matter and other gazes that create lots and lots of problems.
Filtering solutions can be efficient only in controlled closed environment, aka in house and with close circulate air-condition.
I searched AngelList for “Air Pollution” and got 64 companies that develop solutions for air pollution,
We can separate those companies to 3 parts,
- Solutions for out door activities like biking – I won’t get in to this area
- In house monitoring :
- ChemiSense – a wearable bracelet or badge that accurately measures the concentration of air pollutants in a users hyperlocal environment.
- Airveda – PM2.5, PM10 Air Quality Monitor
- ARTVEOLI – convert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Oxygen (O2), improving indoor air quality in homes
- AirBase Systems – low-cost, easy-to-use air quality sensor devices
- Oizom – solar powered air-pollution monitor
- Clean Air Apps – Adobe for air quality engineers
- In house filtering :
- Biome – In door air cleaning by garden walls
- HomeLab – Monitor using foobot and advise based on the foobot results
- Smart Air Filters – HEPA filter strapped to a table fan (not me thats what they wrote about their own solution )
- AIRQUALITY – air sanitizer
- Breathe Easy – BreatheEasy is India’s first full service Indoor Air Quality solution provider
- Blueair – Air Purifiers
Researches and links :
- Fifty Years of Progress Toward Clean Air
- Prenatal Particulate Air Pollution and Asthma Onset in Urban Children
- Can Markets Value Air Quality? (PDF)
- Air Pollution Control Startups
- Mexico City-Harvard Alliance for Air Quality and Public Health
[¹] PM10 – particulate matter with a diameter less than or equal to 10 μm
[²] PM2.5 – particulate matter with a diameter less than or equal to 2.5 μm