Source: This post is based on the article “IIT Ropar’s startup company introduces World’s first ‘Plant based’ smart air-purifier “Ubreathe Life”” published in PIB on 1st September 2021.
What is the News?
IIT Ropar’s startup company has developed a living plant-based air purifier, “Ubreathe Life” that amplifies the air purification process in indoor spaces.
About Ubreathe Life
Ubreathe Life is the world’s first, state-of-the-art ‘Smart Bio-Filter’ that can purify the air.
It amplifies the air purification process in indoor spaces. These indoor spaces can either be hospitals, schools, offices and your homes.
Who developed Ubreathe Life?
It has been developed at IIT Ropar, which is a designated iHub – AWaDH (Agriculture and Water Technology Development Hub) of the Department of Science and Technology.
How does Ubreathe Life work?
The technology works through the air-purifying natural leafy plant. The room air interacts with leaves and goes to the soil-root zone where maximum pollutants are purified.
The technology used in this product is the ‘Urban Munnar Effect’ along with patent-pending “Breathing Roots” to exponentially amplify the phytoremediation process of the plants.
Note: Phytoremediation is a process by which plants effectively remove pollutants from the air.
What is the significance of the device?
‘Ubreathe Life’ effectively improves indoor air quality by removing particulate, gaseous, and biological contaminants while increasing the oxygen levels in the indoor spaces.
This is done through specific plants, UV disinfection, and a stack of Pre-filter, Charcoal filter, and HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter fitted in a specially designed wooden box.