First, General Electric announced its goal of making half the world’s generation of air flow through a massive, custom-designed ventilator network made of carbon fibers. The network would distribute air throughout the Earth’s surface, providing cleaner, more efficient air, and free air, to the millions of people who live in or below the planet’s surface. The entire $130 million project failed, in part because GE was forced to scale down its ambitions so the network could come in under budget.

“I don’t know what the problem was. Was it really that there were too many people? Was it just that this was complicated and there was a lot of work to be done? Was it the metal and the carbon fibers? Did people just say, ‘it’s not gonna work’?” asked Benoît Battistelli, GE’s project manager for ventilators. “We decided not to bet everything on this, and we moved forward with the new design and move a lot of the technology into the [solar photovoltaic] systems.”

In April 2015, GE announced the government of India had adopted its plans for the carbon fiber ventilator, hoping it would be a great way to reduce smog in Indian cities.

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