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NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

Posted By Tafline Laylin On December 19, 2011 @ 10:50 am In Air quality,Architecture,Botanical,clean tech | 1 Comment

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Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly [2] than a pile of people driving their own cars, let’s face it – they aren’t exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab [3] and a handful of other designers got together and designed the AirTrain, which uses NASA-patented technology to improve air quality using certain plants that absorb carbon dioxide emissions and release oxygen. Check out a video of the green train after the jump.

YouTube Preview Image [4]

Plants are natural carbon sponges [5], but the AirTrain’s greenery works more efficiently than ordinary plants. Fed in part by sunlight coming through the train’s transparent shell and watered by a clever rainwater harvesting system that “knows” when the plants need hydrating, these super plants also enhance the visual appeal of the train environment – both inside and out. The result of a working group collaboration, the AirTrain demonstrates that public transportation [6] can feel as cozy as a lush backyard at the same time that it cuts down a population’s carbon footprint.

+ Vittori Lab [3]

Via Behance [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/air-train-francesco-codice-1.jpg

[2] eco-friendly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Environmentally_friendly

[3] Vittori Lab: http://www.vittori-lab.com/

[4] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbXqbYtUCVs

[5] carbon sponges: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinforced_carbon–carbon

[6] public transportation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_transport

[7] Behance: http://www.behance.net/gallery/AirTrain/2532115

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