When it comes to fighting fires, using water is not always ideal; in places like libraries, data centres, and museums the secondary damage caused by fighting the fire can be just as devastating as the fire itself. Considering the fire risk posed by electronics, our increasing use of them, and their less than stellar ability to cope with water damage, it’s a wonder that we still rely so heavily on water-based fire trucks. That’s what makes the Habot-mini such an interesting concept.
Habot-mini is a miniature fire truck which is able to extinguish flames using nitrogen instead of water. Produced by Morita Holdings Corporation based in Osaka and Tokyo the Habot-mini has been awarded the 2016 iF DESIGN AWARD in the “Professional Concept” category and it’s clear to see why.
To put out fires, the Habot-mini is equipped with a Nitrogen Enriched Air Generating system which generates and then discharges nitrogen-enriched air by sucking in the ambient air and removing the oxygen it contains to increase the nitrogen concentration. In the nitrogen enriched air, oxygen concentration is lowered to 12.5%, which is a level high enough not to harm the human body when exposed for a short time, but low enough that it stops flames from burning. Because the Habot-mini just uses the air around us as its means of putting out fires, it doesn’t need to store water or fire-extinguishing agents. It can continue working for a long time in a disaster site, maintaining a low oxygen concentration environment which will stop fires from continuing to burn.
The Habot-mini is a future concept model of a larger truck called the Miracle N7 that its creators would like to make a reality. Not only would this method of fire-fighting be more suitable for places that don’t fare well from being doused in water, it would also mean more efficient fire-fighting in places that have limited or even non-existent water sources. It sounds like a great idea to us.
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