A simple disposable device that reduces carbon dioxide emissions directly from the exhaust of your motor vehicle. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 21, 2013.
About this project
tl;dr (too long; didn't read) : What makes the CO2ube unique
- The world's first carbon dioxide filtration system for the exhaust of your motor vehicle
- Simple, Beautiful, Efficient
- H.O.V. Pass & EPA Tax Credit (Pending Approval)
- Mobile-Application to track your emissions
- Join a team of the brightest young disrupters in the country
Who are we?
Ecoviate aspires to create a more sustainable planet with a cleaner environment and more efficient energy resources.
We just happen to make green technologies:
Our first product is the CO2ube!
To get there we have assembled a dream team of the smartest young minds in the country.
The founders of Ecoviate, Param Jaggi (right) and Jonny Cohen (left), were both named to the 2012 & 2013 Forbes '30 under 30: Energy' list.
They both began researching green-technologies at the age of 12 due to their respective passions in science and engineering. Ecoviate was founded to change the world through innovative and beautiful design.
What is the CO2ube?
The CO2ube (pronounced: C-O-Tube) is a device that fits directly on the exhaust of any motor vehicle. The device uses photosynthesis and simple chemical reactions to diminish carbon dioxide from the source itself.
The idea started when the founder of Ecoviate, Param Jaggi (now 18), was 13. After doing a few years of lab work with bio-fuels and bio-reactors, he thought that carbon should be captured at its source.
We have come a long way since our first designs!
To accommodate any exhaust stream, we have built an adapter that uses simple engineering to transfer emissions from any exhaust tip, into our filter. By creating a cost-effective and easy-to-use design, we hope to decimate carbon dioxide emissions from motor vehicles, industrial plants, and coal factories.
Now, a few years later, the device has gone through multiple prototypes, real-time testing, and a complete performance analysis.
Among the performance testing, we have used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) testing to optimize our efficiencies. We use AutoDesk Simulation.
The diagram above shows us the transfer of air and heat throughout the device that has been the foundation of our design iterations. By knowing the aerodynamics of the filter, the algae and chemicals can be strategically placed to optimize the reduction in carbon dioxide.
How does it work?
The CO2ube uses basic biology and chemical processes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the exhaust.
We had to build a product that would expand the surface area of the exhaust stream to accomodate the high volume of vehicle emissions. Our designs expand the surface area of the exhaust stream by 5000x through the use of staggered micro-villi structures (patent pending).
Even with this tedious rendering process, Ecoviate strives to make the CO2ube as beautifully designed and user-friendly as possible.
Here is what happens inside of the device (staggered plates to expand the surface area of the exhaust stream):
We have created a proprietary method to grow algae within the exhaust stream through a process of artificial selection in the lab. We have grown multiple generations of algae colonies to find the most suitable strain for the heat and pressure of the exhaust system (artificial selection).
The general process is described by this equation:
We are using the process of photosynthesis and applying it to where carbon dioxide is being released.
Since the process of algae photosynthesis is not fast enough to accomodate for the free flowing exhaust emissions, we have implemented a secondary reactant into the device.
The product of combustion, in its purest form, are carbon dioxide and water (and heat). With enough surface area (or coolant), there are concentrations of carbonic acid that flow through the exhaust stream. Carbonic acid is a weak acid, and filters through the exhaust stream in aqueous form.
In chemistry, you can react a weak acid with a strong base to create a neutral pH product. The CO2ube reacts the carbonic acid with sodium hydroxide (very strong base pH) to create a neutral chemical.
By performing a simple chemical reaction, we are able to create sodium carbonate. This is a sodium salt of carbonic acid and is completely disposable because of its neutral pH. Think back to chemistry class!
The difference between the CO2ube and more typical carbon capture technologies is that we are able to use the exhaust flow to dispose of the products rather than having sodium carbonate and algae residue build up in your exhaust stream.
We implemented the acid/base reduction and artificial selection of the algae to reduce the amount of carbon that is released back into the environment after the algae has either outgrown the container or has disposed. If traditional carbon capture methods are used, the algae will release its stored carbon back into the environment. The CO2ube works around that by finding the most optimal strains of algae, implementing a secondary reaction, and being completely disposable to continue to allow for algae growth.
In general, the reaction is able to produce water, sodium carbonate, oxygen, and sugars for the algae to grow.
Due to the consumable aspect of the project and the engineering behind the designs, the CO2ube filter will last about 8-10 weeks. In the packaging, we will explain the process of easily detaching the CO2ube and how you can return or re-use the products in your daily life! At Ecoviate, we believe our products can have use outside of their intended settings- recycling is just another part of life!
The CO2ube is currently being offered in matte-finished black and environmental green! Depending on the reward, you can customize the color of your device.
Some Exciting News!
Pending approval, users of the CO2ube will be able to drive in the H.O.V. lane without meeting the occupancy minimum requirement. To get this approved, we need to show that there is a wide spread interest in this type of technology.
Also pending approval, users of the CO2ube will receive an additional tax credit from the EPA! Similar to the catalytic converter, the process of getting EPA certified and then mandated is a tedious and bureaucratic process.
We have applied to give our customers a tax credit (similar to the electric vehicle tax credit) for using our technologies. Once that is approved, we plan to push for regulation approval.
Additionally, we are working on a mobile app (iPhone and Android) to give our customers a real-time analysis of their emissions, info-graphics, and their personal carbon footprint. You will be able to track how green you are being relative to other people in your netwrok as well as other CO2ube users.
The mobile application will give you a clean analytic (with easy-to-read graphs and images) of your carbon output and its relation to the big picture!
Instructions for the mobile application and an update on the EPA & HOV approval will be sent in the packaging with any of our rewards.
Why does it matter?
It is very simple: we were given 1 planet to live on. The Earth's temperature and carbon dioxide levels are currently at an all-time high. The ozone layer is depleting. Fossil-fuels are diminishing faster than we can create alternative sources of energy. Basically, if we keep this up, the future of our planet isn't looking too bright.
In the past, we were deterred to use green technologies because of the high cost, low effectiveness, and lack of sustainability. Now, green technologies will be easy to use, have a low cost, and be completely disposable. Other than these practical economic changes, there is a greater incentive we should consider:
As a society we need to take a more proactive role to sustain our planet's environmental and energy resources.
Our CO2ube applies to everything from transportation to industrial applications to energy supply management.
We have spent the past year engineering, designing, and redesigning!
In an attempt to seek an outside opinion, we have presented our technology to the brightest minds in the country, the EPA, and a wide variety of energy companies.
The response we got was amazing.
Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the EPA, commended our technology for its potential impact on the future of our planet.
Forbes magazine named Param Jaggi (CEO) and Jonny Cohen (CTO) to the 2012 & 2013 "30 Under 30: Energy" list for their work in disruptive green-technologies.
We have developed the technology, done testing, and have received significant traction. Now we need your help to take the next step.
We have spent the last 5 years working to improve green-technologies. The last year has been spent engineering, designing, and re-designing the CO2ube.
The CO2ube you see on Kickstarter is a real working prototype. We know that it can look better: that's where you come in. With your help we can create an even easier user-experience and a design that is too sleek to go unnoticed.
The CO2ube will be manufactured just south of Nashville, in Spring Hill, Tennessee at the old Saturn headquarters.
With your support, we can bring the CO2ube onto every exhaust in the world. While we are getting close to entering the manufacturing process, your contribution will help fund:
- Production tooling
- Large component order
- A more polished design
August 21st, 2013 - Fully funded on Kickstarter
Early September 2013 - Use the comments & feedback from Kickstarter to improve the product (the engineering & design)
Late September 2013 - Send out final designs of the device with directions for the mobile-application.
Early October 2013 - Build the CO2ubes at the local body shop outside of Nashville, TN (where we are currently located)
October 21st, 2013 - Send out the CO2ube around the world!
By ourselves, we can design cool and innovative products, but together we can change the world.
Risks and challenges
We have built a few functional prototypes already. However, with all hardware projects, there is always a risk when it comes down to manufacturing.
We are serious about keeping to our schedule but if there are unintended delays during material transport, manufacturing processes and then shipping; we will always be upfront about them and plan an appropriate course of action and share it with all of you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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