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Energy Institute Lecture Series: Dr. Jhon Jairo Prías Barragán

February 25, 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Frederick E. Giesecke Engineering Research Building
Third Floor
Conference Room 315
1617 Research Pkwy
College Station, TX 77845 United States
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Energy Institute Lecture Series

Eco-Balloons Project

The next presentation in the Texas A&M Energy Institute Lecture Series, featuring Dr. Jhon Jairo Prías Barragán, a teaching researcher at UQ-TECH at the Universidad del Quindío, Colombia, will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Frederick E. Giesecke Engineering Research Building (GERB) Third Floor Conference Room. The topic will be “Eco-Balloons Project.”


The UQ-Tech enterprise has eight years on bamboo research (angustifolia Kunth) and as a result, it has the ability to extract from bamboo, an advanced material so-called graphene oxide multilayers, whose attractive physical and chemical properties offer excellent characteristics providing outstanding features for the development of new technological products by means of new applications as follows: Transistors of high and quick response, NFC and RFID labels, biosensors, flexible screens, touch-sensitive panels, batteries, supercapacitors, light-emitting detectors, heaters, chemical sensors, conductive inks and composites for car components, motorcycles, and aircraft, among others. Based on the results obtained on the research made by the interdisciplinary institute of Sciences at University of Quindío, it was confirmed that the graphene oxide multilayer as foam can catch C02, from here merged the idea of Eco-Balloons which consists of installing on the roofs of buildings, houses, bridges, avenues, and squares, among other places, as shown in Figure 1., a balloon that would hang some foams with graphene oxide that would absorb CO2 and its conversion into oxygen (15 % as efficiency expected), projecting to meet international standards of C02 capture (1 Ton/4 euros) and its corresponding conversion.

The Eco-balloons mechanism will integrate an automatized electronic system of height control which will explore the air layers with the highest C02 content and in such a way maximize the capture processes and increase the oxygen emissions. The results of this process will be electronically detected, stored, monitored and administered from a platform cloud, accessible from a software application (app) previously installed on the smartphone, tablet or computer. Where all users can observe not only the amount of CO2 captured but also the quantity of oxygen released.

What we search through Eco-balloons is to turn an action against climate change, so it can be expanded worldwide, where every person can contribute to a better air quality in our cities and places where this kind of equipment can be installed.

For such reason, within this business model, it is aimed to engage this solution to people all around the world through crowdfunding, where all people can contribute with financial resources and the design and installation of those types of equipment in their households around the world. Furthermore, taking into account the compromise acquired by countries in the Kyoto treaty and the Paris conference, where it was agreed to constrain the increase of worldwide average temperature of the earth to 1.5-Celsius degrees, reducing in this way the risks and the impact of climate change. From here, we pretend by capturing CO2, enter in carbon credit market which sustains the operation and profitability of our investors.

Other kinds of income that UQ-Tech projects is to attract investors who are interested in buying this kind of equipment, so they can receive a profit share percentage generated by carbon bonds, making every time more involved the worldwide community of this solution which will provide carbon footprints in our planet. There is even the opportunity of advertising around the balloons, generating in this way a new type of income to the company.

What are you waiting for to be part of the future forest air that promotes the reconnection of mankind with nature?