In the current panorama of technological innovations, this creation of Jacob Kritzinger marks an interesting example of design and environmental sustainability. This young graduate of the University of California at Berkeley has created an air conditioning system that not only refreshes the air, but also contributes to purifying the environment. The peculiarity of FungalForm lies in its structure: a terracotta cooling tower with a mycelium core, designed to grow edible mushrooms.
The innovative design and choice of materials
The design of FungalForm is the result of numerous research and experiments. Kritzinger explored different soil mixes, perfecting the ideal composition that would allow optimal control of the flow of water within the structure. The use of terracotta is not accidental: this natural material offers unique properties for passive cooling through evaporation. Furthermore, the integration of a mycelium nucleus called MycoCore represents an exceptional example of how biological materials can be used in an innovative way in the technological field.
FungalForm works through a dual cooling mechanism: active and passive. Active cooling is ensured by an integrated oscillating fan, while the passive cooling it is obtained through the evaporation of water from the external surface of the tower. The water, poured into the upper tank, passes through the mycelium core where it not only contributes to cooling, but also to the growth of the mushrooms. The latter play a crucial role in "mycoremediation", or in the purification of the environment from toxic substances.
Mycelium, integrated technology and interactivity
Beyond its primary cooling function, FungalForm is equipped with an intelligent system that monitors various environmental parameters. This system, controlled via a dedicated mobile application, detects and regulates humidity in the mycelium core, ensuring optimal conditions for mushroom growth. It also monitors temperature, air circulation speed, and levels of oxygen, carbon and polluting particles. This interactivity not only increases the efficiency of the device, but also allows users to actively participate in the mycoremediation process. Kritzinger's vision with FungalForm goes beyond the mere invention of a new type of "living" air conditioner. His goal is to redefine the very concept of domestic air conditioning, combining it with environmental sustainability strategies.
FungalForm, yeah recognized by the 2023 James Dyson Award, could become a pioneer in the market of domestic products designed for sustainability. Its commercialization would not only respond to the growing demand for eco-friendly solutions, but could also stimulate further innovations in the air conditioning and air purification sector. What do you think?