Motorcyclists breathe easy with a filtering helmet | News | Eco-Enterprise

Shellios Technolabs, the New Delhi-based startup that developed the helmet, says the filters used can remove PM 2.5 and other toxic vehicle emissions to which millions of two-wheeler riders are directly exposed on the roads. Indian.

“Since the entire purification system – including rechargeable batteries, fan and electronic board – is located at the back of the fiberglass helmet, it does not interfere with the movements or vision of the cyclist, but creates a space of clean and purified air immediately behind the transparent visor”, says Amit Pathak, one of the founders of the company. SciDev.Net.

Motorcycles, scooters and other two-wheelers are a major form of personal transport in India and in 2019 there were over 221 million registered units in the country. In fiscal year 2021 – 2022, more than 13 million units were sold.

Shellios Technolabs has received seed funding from India’s Department of Science and Technology and support from Science and Technology Entrepreneur Park (STEP) to develop the headset which is now commercially priced at US$56.

It says the 1.5kg helmet meets government standards for safety and ergonomics and has been shown in controlled test environments to reduce PM 2.5 particles and other outdoor pollutants by 80%.

Our helmet features patented air-purifying accessories including a quiet blower fan that draws air through a disposable High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) membrane filter and is powered by rechargeable batteries.

Amit Pathak, co-founder, Shellios Technolabs

“The pollution helmet was one of the most promising products supported by STEP as it had real benefits for the public struggling to cope with extremely high levels of pollution in major Indian cities” , says Deepthi Shanmugam, the Bangalore chief executive of the Technical Education Academy which works with STEP.

New Delhi and Kolkata have been ranked as the two most polluted cities in the world by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Massachusetts, USA, in its report on air quality and health in cities published on August 17.

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