|MNN| Anirudh Sharma is an futuristic inventor who has a shown brilliant approach in tackling air pollution.
But Starting off with some statistics first,
India has now been ranked No. 1, No not for some groundbreaking achievement but in terms of in pollution related deaths, with a grim statistics of 2.5 million deaths in an year, according to a report by The Lancet Commission on pollution and health.
While every third child in Delhi has impaired lungs the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) stated that air pollution has caused 30 per cent of premature deaths in India.
There are are several other reports,many stats and heartbreaking conclusions recorded.
In response to which Innumerable students,scholars and industry tycoons are working on innovations, which at least can help us attain a significant position in the struggle against pollution.
But if pollution wasn’t a war ever,
Inspired by Buckminster Fuller, an American architect, author, designer, and inventor who once said,“Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.”
Anirudh Sharma decided to think out of the box and found a way to make pollutants useful.
His innovations, Air-Ink and KaalInk, converting soot emitted from chimneys and car tailpipes to printer ink.
The team has successfully captured and recycled 1.6 billion micrograms of particulate matter, equating to near 1.6 trillion litres of outdoor air till date.
Anirudh’s entrepreneurial journey began at the MIT Media Labs, in Boston, in 2012.He tested and experimented for an year on the technology and then in 2013 he co-founded Graviky Labs as he returned to India along with three researcher mates.
Anirudh says,“Initially when you are experimenting with a new technology, there is no set guidance available in the market. We conducted several experiment to understand the optimum technique for harvesting pollution from fossil fuel combustion sources”.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan has pledged to use Air-Ink for his brand promotions which has helped Anirudh Sharma ‘s invention to gain popularity.
He was also recognised for this by MIT and BBC as awarded the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award.
The product found place in the ‘Top 5 Indian Innovations’ and he also featured in the ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ 2016 list for innovation .
There were namely 2 products Kaalink and Air-Ink . Kaalink they captured approx 95 percent of the particulate matter pollution, without inducing back-pressure from the car engine exhaust pipes in Bengaluru.
Whereas Air-Ink, the “blacker than regular black”, 100 percent carbon-neutral ink manufactured by upcycling air pollution.
The team experimented and developed five types of ink meant for specific industries namely permanent marker ink, calligraphy ink, acrylic emulsions, screen printing ink, and inkjet printer ink.
A tremendous achievement within itself is that Anirudh Sharma ‘s Air-Ink is at permanent exhibit at the Museum of Writing, London.
Graviky Labs has collaborated with various international artists to spread the message of environmental conservation.
They collaborated with seven Hong Kong artists for a project in which they used approximately 150 litres of Air-Ink (2,500 hours of air pollution) to “cover the walls of the city” and campaign against air pollution.
This is a true form of science meeting art.