‘Green Queen’ is a carbon-buster

2010-10-17 13:00
Lerato Sejake
An enterprising Gauteng teenager has developed an innovative way of tackling global warming.

Chelsea Tucker, a student from St Andrew’s School in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, has created an eco-friendly chimney that removes gases such as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide from the smoke produced by coal and wood fires.

She aims to use ­international research by scientists to reduce harmful gases in the atmosphere both on a large (industrial factories) and small scale (households).

While everyone uses ­electricity, Tucker has been looking for ways to reduce its usage and also the gases ­produced by it.
She has won many titles, ­including the Ekurhuleni Mayoral Award, for her project on leaking electricity, showing that stand-by ­appliances are responsible for up to 11% of the monthly electricity bill.

In 2007 she was named the “Emerging Woman in ­Energy” by the minerals and energy department.

Last year she was awarded the title “Green Queen” by Seventeen Magazine for her eco-chimney.

Tucker used recycled ­materials to build the prototype, and carbon hydroxide, which absorbs the gases.

Her chimney reduces acid rain and also cuts down the amount of carbon in smog, which minimises the appearance of the “blanket” seen in the winter sky.

It helps reduce CO2 ­emissions and makes the air cleaner and, to top it all, it is cost-efficient.
Tucker plans to make her eco-chimney small enough to fit into most household chimneys.

She will introduce it to communities as a do-it-yourself kit and teach residents to create their own “flue gas eliminator”.