co2 digesters / graduation design academy eindhoven

2012

Graduation Design Academy Eindhoven
Department: Well-Being (Ilse Crawford (h.o.d.) Aldo Bakker, Reineke Otten)

project description by DAE

Since we are producing more greenhouse gases than nature can eliminate, the earth is heating up. Vincent Kuyvenhoven became intrigued by the phenomenon serpentine stone holds and breaks down carbon dioxide. ‘By taking this stone out of the ground and exposing it to the atmosphere, we can help nature process the carbon,’ says Kuyvenhoven. His Carbon dioxide digesters are applications with a double function. A roof tile for example, that catches CO2 from the air, or a poster with ‘serpentine ink’ that reveals an underlying message after a few rain showers. His illustrations book contains more ideas. For example for the tarmac roads of the world: replace the hazardous quartz sand with serpentine and exhaust fumes can be partially neutralized right on the spot.

 

pictures

1. rooftile: conglomerate material consisting of concrete and serpentine

2. serpentine as found in nature

3. serpentine stone blended into gravel

4. sample: conglomerate of 20% concrete and 80% serpentine stone

 

illustrations for possible scenario’s

5. plane: serpentine sand as the fertilizer of the future

6. fire: serpentine dust mixed into water used for extinguishing fires

7. concrete : including serpentine as a general substance into building mixed materials