A Chandelier Filled With Algae That's Supposed To Help Improve Air Quality

September 25, 2017


This is the Exhale Chandelier, an algae-filled chandelier created by London designer and biochemical technology researcher Julian Melchiorri. The eco-friendly chandelier is supposed to convert CO2 to oxygen to help save the earth. *shrug* I guess every little bit helps. "We're doomed." Oh that's a fact.

The final prototype in a special bionic-leaf format (that is a product of years of painstaking effort), makes use of the basic principles of photosynthesis for converting CO2 into oxygen. The designer's artificial leaf system stores live algae between glass structures that can further be configured into various forms and shapes for versatility.

Interesting. I'm not entirely sure how much CO2 the chandelier is capable of converting into oxygen, or how it even works if the glass leaves are sealed. Maybe they're not? Then wouldn't the water inside evaporate? Maybe oxygen and CO2 can pass through the glass? Hell if I know, I'm just a guy who always gets chlorophyll and chloroform confused and regularly passes out taking my supplements in the morning.

Keep going for several more shots.




Thanks to v, who agrees a chandelier that turned sunlight into gold would be even sweeter.

  • Pretty but vague about the science.
    Not really a chandelier either - no candles.

  • The_Wretched

    Nice idea but I strongly suspect even one house plant outperforms it.

  • Jenness

    My thoughts:
    1) Won't work the way it's described to work.
    2) That things breaks and everyone gets the plague somehow.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Do you want a brain eating amoeba? Because that's how you get a brain eating amoeba!

  • TheQiwiMan
  • Ollie Williams

    Great, now I "have" to play TLoU for the billionth time.

  • whacko

    This is a cool looking chandelier, but I'd like it better if it were just green tinted glass and gave up all that CO2 conversion mumbo-jumbo. If those leaves really are glass then CO2 and O2 wouldn't be able to pass through it. If they are open in some way, then you risk the algae growing up and over the opening and making a mess that would be hard to reach to clean up.

    In either case, this thing would be practically useless as converting any significant amount of C02 into O2. I mean, most of the air we breath comes from algae in the oceans but we're talking massive algae patches across tens of thousands of miles of liquid surface not less than a square meter of alga trapped in little glass tubules.

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