Solid Air project removes need for diving tanks of compressed air

Project to replace diving tanks with “solid air” wins prize

Students from the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have won $1000 to advance their process by which oxygen and nitrogen can be harnessed in solid form. The students hope to use their technology to devise a replacement for the bulky and heavy compressed-gas tanks used by SCUBA divers. They call their proposed product “Solid Air”.

“Standard chemical reactions are involved,” prize-winner Patrick Gumusoglu explains, “and our system would be a great deal lighter, smaller and cheaper than those used now.” The technology is patent-pending.


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