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Idea: Cut Down CO2 Emissions On Your Motorcycle Without Going Electric

5
August
2013
  Posted at 02:00:00 PM
  File under  Ecology Ideas
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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I think most people will agree at this stage that global warming and pollution go hand in hand. There are more and more cars and motorcycles on the road, generating an increasingly and alarming level of CO2. Even if you do not believe that CO2 is causing global warming, or do not believe in global warming altogether, the fact remains that CO2 is bad. It is bad for your health - full stop.

Indonesia Pollution 2013
© REUTERS/Beawiharta

One way to reduce your carbon footprint is to go green; get a hybrid or an electric vehicle. But apart from range issues, they are just very expensive (still). This will change over time, but today you need to have a healthy bank account to be able to afford one.

A Kickstarter project which is currently looking for crowd funds is called CO2ube Open CO2ube link in a new window. The project got started by Param Jaggi, someone who graced the covers of Forbes magazine as a under-30 eco-genius. His idea is to reduce CO2 at the source; your engine's exhaust.

CO2ube
CO2ube

His CO2ube project calls for a "tube" that gets placed at the end of your car or motorcycle's exhaust. The tube has algae (seaweed) which takes the CO2 and transforms it through a chemical and biological process into less harmful residue. Residue like sugars and water.

The idea sounds great, and not that expensive, at least at first glance. As a Kickstarter backer you get to buy one at the price of US$45; later when the project goes live, you can buy one of these CO2ubes for US$60. Still nothing if you want to save the environment.

But.... according to their blurb, the CO2ube remains active for 6 to 8 weeks. After that it is filled up and needs to be replaced. So then you need to buy another set. That will set you back some US$400 per year, still not that much for your contribution to saving the planet, but for many it does represent a lot of money.

They other thing I wonder about is what will happen with the residue? Are we just replacing one problem by another? What do you think? Would this be viable?

Click here to read about the CO2ube project on Kickstarter Open Kickstarter link in a new window
Click here to read about the CO2ube project on Facebook Open Facebook link in a new window






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