White City start-up unveils Solar leaf ‘better than trees’ for the environment

A White City start-up has unveiled a revolutionary new ‘solar leaf’ that can improve air quality more efficiently than trees.

The firm, Arborea, which is based in the translation and innovation hub (I-HUB) at Imperial College London’s White City Campus, has teamed up with the college to develop its new biosolar leaf technology.

The leaves are actually high-tech panels filled with bio-organisms which can remove carbon dioxide and produce breathable oxygen at a rate equivalent to 100 trees. Yet it only requires the equivalent space of leaves from a single tree.

“This invention is one of the ways set to revolutionise how we improve air quality,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council.

“We’re determined to be the greenest borough in Britain, and will be the first in the world to install this cutting-edge bio-technology. People deserve to have a council that takes every possible action to clean our air and tackle climate change.

“Arborea’s outstanding new technology has the potential to change the building industry and public utilities forever, as it can use spaces like walls, roofing and even bus shelters to absorb CO2, produce oxygen and reduce climate change.

“We will always seek to plant more trees and create more green spaces, but this is an important addition to our armoury in the fight to save our environment.”

The council aims to make the borough a major hub for business – with a desire to foster innovative, creative enterprises such as Arborea in White City.

The council’s commitment to this is central to its industrial strategy, aiming to bring together the best of businesses from multi-national, to start-ups, to the benefit of all in the borough.

White City is fast-becoming the bio-tech hub for west London, with the council encouraging and fostering new businesses into joining the thriving tech district.

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