Air Pollution Becomes Ink With Kaalink

Device is turning car exhaust into ink that you can write with, while pulling pollution out of the air

Air Pollution Becomes Ink With KaalinkAir pollution is a global problem with few solutions beyond government regulations like The Clean Air Act in the United States and similar regulations in other countries.

The problem has gotten so severe that air pollution in India is leading to nearly 1.1 million deaths each year.

While government regulations may currently be the most effective way to reduce emissions, a device has come out of an MIT spinoff company in India to convert vehicle exhaust into ink.

From Kaalink to Air Ink

The device is called Kaalink. It is attached to the exhaust pipe of a vehicle, where it then filters and captures unburned carbon emitted by incomplete engine combustion.

This invention comes from Graviky Labs, a spinoff company from MIT Media Lab, who claims that the device can capture up to 93 percent of the emitted pollution from standard internal combustion engines.

An ounce of ink is produced by about 45 minutes of exhaust. At present, the devices are manually and individually installed by drivers, and after about two weeks of city driving are traded in at a Graviky Labs facility in India.

Making air pollution into something useful

Graviky Labs, an Indian startup, has developed a method of capturing car emissions and turning them into ink. Forty five minutes of car exhaust fumes can create enough ink for one marker pen. They've produced a range of inks and paints they plan to sell to artists on Kickstarter, hoping this leads to more art and less pollution.

Posted by The Guardian on Thursday, March 2, 2017

The system must be scaled up significantly for it to be effective. The company’s Kickstarter campaign is hoping to fund that expansion.

The company has also paired up with Tiger Beer to expand awareness and advertise Air Ink. Graviky Labs even hopes to expand the system to work on chimneys, smokestacks and other industrial exhaust systems.

Soot (Almost) Good Enough to Print With

The technology behind the product is kept secret, but in a demo done by cofounder Anirudh Sharma, a suction pump pulls the air around a burning candle into a mechanism that separates the carbon black from the rest of the air.

The soot is then mixed with alcohol and oil to create ink. Sharma claims that, with additional research, the ink produced will be as good as the ink sold by HP. One HP cartridge could be filled by about 60 minutes of diesel engine carbon, only ten minutes from a chimney.

Fighting Air Pollution

Unfortunately, a Kaalink device won’t stop carbon dioxide gas from going into the air and exacerbating climate change, but the carbon soot captured is a dangerous form of pollution called PM 2.5.

The “PM” stands for “particulate matter,” and the “2.5” stands for 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller, or roughly the size of a single bacterium.

Toxic PM 2.5 levels in cities pose serious health risks such as asthma and chronic lung disease. In these cities, outdoor exercise poses more of a health risk than staying home.

Ultimately, technology like this can’t work as effectively against air pollution as measures that stop pollution at the source, such as government regulations and fuel-free vehicles.

However, the health risks imposed by air pollution in cities can’t wait for such solutions. India is now the world leader in air pollution.

If Kaalink becomes a mainstream device, toxic air could be reduced and lives could be saved. Maybe printer ink will get cheaper, too.

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

China Is Turning The Rainforest Into Cheap Furniture For The U.S.

Driven by American demand for cheap furniture, China has become the greatest importer of illegal timber. The...

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in...

California is about to become the first state in the US to require solar power installations on all new homes

The world's fifth largest economy —and possibly the first government in the world—is about to require solar panels for all new homes. The California Energy...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...


Putin has Banned Rothschild and His New World Order Banking Cartel Family from Entering Russian Territory

As of recently, Russian president Vladimir Putin took yet another decision for his country. "Under any circumstances", the Rothschild family is banned from entering Russian territory. Along...

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

China Is Turning The Rainforest Into Cheap Furniture For The U.S.

Driven by American demand for cheap furniture, China has become the greatest importer of illegal timber. The...

China Is Turning The Rainforest Into Cheap Furniture For The U.S.

Driven by American demand for cheap furniture, China has become the greatest importer of illegal timber. The...

Concern Over Fukushima Increases As Radiation Cripples Two Robots

While media attention has largely drifted away from the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the years since the disaster,...

Global Marine Life Die-Off Accelerates as We Fight Over a Rigged Political System

By now we should be able to acknowledge that the election is rigged and that none of the current candidates represent the deepest interests...

Oceans increasingly polluted with mercury

Mercury concentrations in oceans triple, humans to blame? Mercury concentrations in oceans have tripled since the Industrial Revolution, according to a new study, and humans...

Supreme Court: Former Child Slaves Used in Cocoa Production Can Sue Nestle

Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court ruled a lawsuit filed by former child slaves against mega-corporation Nestle can move forward. The decision finalizes a lower...

Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff Lapses Into Violence

A standoff between Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and law enforcement degenerated into violence Thursday when two protesters opened fire in separate incidents, wounding a...

This 84-Year-Old Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

In 2006, developers wanted to build a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington, over Edith Macefield’s house, but she wasn’t going to give it up. After...

Cancer Was Cured By This Brilliant Man In 1934, Then He Was Killed

Cancer industry is making revenue of more than one hundred billion dollars a year but it is still unclear why the actual cure is...