About Smart Air

About Smart Air India

 

Smart Air India is a social enterprise that promotes DIY air purifiers as a low-cost solution to indoor particulate air pollution and pollution masks for outdoor pollution in India and the sub continent.

In January 2013, PhD student Thomas Talhelm wondered why air purifiers cost so much. He bought a HEPA filter on Taobao, strapped it to a simple fan, bought a particle counter, ran some tests, and published the results on a blog he called Particle Counting.

A few magazines wrote about Thomas’s “re­discovery,” and then the Beijing Energy Network suggested he lead DIY workshops to help other concerned Beijingers build their own.

When people said they had trouble finding the right type of fan and a trustworthy HEPA, Thomas and his friends Gus and Anna decided to launch Smart Air in September 2013 to ship fans and the best HEPAs they could find to people all over China.

Smart Air believes that if more people saw our open­source data and testing, more people would know that clean air doesn’t have to cost tens of thousands of rupees.

Aware about the air pollution crisis in India, Smart Air launched our low-cost, effective air purifiers in India in November 2015.

The Smart Air India Team

The Smart Air India Team

 

The Smart Air India Team

 

Jay Kannaiyan

Jay Kannaiyan

 

Once a product engineer in the US, Jay made a break for it and rode his motorcycle from Chicago to Delhi over three years. In that time, he picked up a masters in sustainable development and a love for wide open spaces. Besides running the business end of Smart Air in India, Jay leads motorcycle tours through some of the world’s most rugged terrain.

Ashutosh Thakur

Ashutosh Thakur

 

Coming from a farmer family, Ashutosh did his masters in social work from Delhi University and then became a Clinton Fellow helping farmers get to market. He’s got mad sales skills and is leading up Smart Air’s business development.

Bhumi Purohit

Bhumi Purohit

 

Bhumi spent several years working with small-holder farmers in India, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. She recently returned to India to work on governance reforms. She helps Smart Air with social media outreach, grant proposals, and anything else that comes along.

 

 

Check out our awesome team in China whose shoulders we stand on!