Azadeh Barimani has taken the mission to create sustainable environments for human beings living in cities facing pollution issues. Her project can be resumed in one word: Oxygen! While working on her Phd in Architectural technologies at the University of Tehran, she became familiar with some fields of biotechnology and discovered the outstanding potential of Algaes, responsible for 70-80% of the oxygen in our planet. She joined the fablab Tehran team 3 months ago and is now working on developing the Algaerium product, a system of algaes, which will improve the quality of air in our inner spaces : houses and offices.
Azadeh has now integrated the fablab Tehran team to work specifically on her project. With the team, they are currently fine tuning the mechanical cultivation system of some algaes, spirulina and chlorella, and are working on the design of the product and its user-friendly experience. They can use the machines to prototype and iterate quickly and benefit of the team expertise and network.
The final prototype is almost ready and should be presented to investors very soon. The team is expecting to launch it on the Iranian market by March 2018.
Cyanobacteria is a phylum of bacteria that obtain their energy through photosynthesis. The name “cyanobacteria” comes from the color of the bacteria (Greek: κυανός (kyanós) = blue). They are often called blue-green algae, but some consider that name a misnomer, as cyanobacteria are prokaryotic whereas algae are eukaryotic.
The first cells on Earth were similar to these organims, by producing gaseous oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis, cyanobacteria are thought to have converted the early reducing atmosphere into an oxidizing one, causing “rusting of the Earth”and dramatically changing the composition of life forms on Earth by stimulating biodiversity and leading to the near-extinction of oxygen-intolerant organisms.