Anti-pollution device inventor gets UK fellowship

Neha Basudkar
Monday, 11 February 2019

Speaking to Sakal Times, Amol Chaphekar said, “In 2016, while riding my bike, I realised that the air quality was bad. I researched on it and found there are solutions to monitor outdoor air pollution but nothing to reduce it."

PUNE: City-based innovator Amol Chaphekar has made a funnel shaped machine which filters pollutants like PM 2.5, PM 10, dust, petroleum fumes among others from air and has been already installed in several parts of the city and country. Now, Chaphekar’s idea is to install similar devices on the rooftops of buses for which he has been selected by Newton Fund Programme under which he has been given fellowship by Royal Academy of Engineering (RAC), London. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, he said, “In 2016, while riding my bike, I realised that the air quality was bad. I researched on it and found there are solutions to monitor outdoor air pollution but nothing to reduce it. Therefore I took this as a challenge and installed the standalone funnel shaped machine in public places in several parts of the country, which sucks air pollution and releases back filtered air. Later in December 2017, I thought of installing similar devices on rooftop of buses. Before taking this idea forward, one of my friends suggested to me to apply for Newton Fund Programme. In January 2019 I got selected.”

The RAC has batches of innovators and researchers. It is of six months duration with two weeks of onsite training starting from February 11 to 22. There are total 15 innovators selected from India. The owner of StrateEnviro Pvt Ltd is born and brought up in Baner. He did his schooling from Don Bosco High School and his Bachelor of Engineering from Aurangabad. In 2006 he started his venture where he used to make software for engineering companies. Later in 2009; he was into automation and augmented reality. Then in 2016 he again came back to Pune and started with air pollution control machine. 

These units are installed for free in public spaces and in societies. He said 3.6 lakh cubic feet volume of air is filtered every minute across nine cities by this machine.

The air pollution reducing machine has been installed in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Delhi, Thane and Kolkata.

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