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Tyre emission-reducing device wins James Dyson award

Tyre emission-reducing device wins James Dyson award


A team of students have won the James Dyson Award for the invention of a device which can help to drastically reduce emissions caused by tyre wear.

The system, which was created by students from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, uses electrostatics to collect the particles which are emitted by a tyre as it wears down.

Named ‘The Tyre Collective’, the device is attached to the wheels and is claimed to collect up to 60 per cent of the particulates generated by a tyre. It’s thought that though the advent of electric cars is reducing emissions generated by exhaust gases, tyre particulates will continue to pollute the air no matter what the type of car. 

In fact, the team - made up of students Siobhan Anderson, Hanson Cheng, M Deepak Mallaya, and Hugo Richardson - believe that tyre emissions might even increase as a result of heavier electric vehicles putting more pressure on the tyres themselves.

However, this latest innovation has shown that collected particulates can be used in other areas, with the team showcasing this by printing business cards which uses ink generated from collected tyre matter. 

On winning the James Dyson Award, Siobhan said:

We were so thrilled when we found out we’d won the national James Dyson Award. It definitely gives us some validation that our design and concept is something that has real world tangible benefits. We’re excited about having the backing of such a prestigious award and we’re looking forward to continuing this journey and developing our innovation further.

This latest award marks the 16th year of the James Dyson Award, which saw the highest number of entrants in its history across all 27 participating nations.

Sophie Thomas, Circular Economy Specialist and judge on this year’s panel says:

We were unanimously drawn to The Tyre Collective for their creative innovation around this urgent issue of microplastic shedding from tyres. This collaborative, multi-disciplinary team questioned and challenged, building an approach that demonstrates the crucial role of design and enquiry when we search for solutions to these global problems.

Winning the national leg of the James Dyson Award will see £2,000 injected into The Tyre Collective project. The team is hoping to use the money to further their research into how the innovation can become a global solution.

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