This year's Dyson Award winner is about your car tires

This year's James Dyson Award -- the event focused on young inventors -- is going to be awarded to a student team that wants to make your car tires just a little more environmentally friendly.

It's an invention that captures tire dust, a form of air and water pollution -- specifically the tiny rubber particles.

Hugo Richardson is one of four members of lucky student group, which calls itself The Tyre Collective.

"Everyone focuses on air pollution being directly from the engines themselves and coming out of the exhaust pipe but what people don't necessarily recognise is that tire wear is a huge contributor to that."

Tiny particles of rubber from tires contribute to road transport emissions, according to the UK government. It's also the second largest source of microplastic pollutant in our oceans after single-use plastics.

Here's how it works. The invention helps to solve this issue through a wheel device which uses electrostatics and aerodynamics to collect particles as they are emitted.

The students claim that their prototype can collect 60% of all airborne particles from tires, under a controlled environment on their test rig.

Siobhan Anderson is also from the team:

"In the future it could be integrated into the wheel arch or even into the mud flap behind the wheel. There you go, you can see the tire particles collected already"

The team is now working on securing a patent for their design.

Video Transcript

- This year's James Dyson Award, the event focused on young inventors, is going to be awarded to a student team that wants to make your car tires just a little more environmentally friendly. It's an invention that captures tire dust, a form of air and water pollution-- specifically, the tiny rubber particles.

Hugo Richardson is one of four members of the lucky student group, which calls itself the Tire Collective.

HUGO RICHARDSON: Everyone focuses on air pollution being directly from the engines themselves, and coming out of the exhaust pipe. But what people don't necessarily realize is that tire ware is a huge contributor to that.

- Tiny particles of rubber from tires contribute to road transport emissions, according to the UK government. It's also the second largest source of microplastic pollutant in our oceans after single use plastics.

Here's how it works. The invention helps to solve this issue through a wheel device which uses electrostatics and aerodynamics to collect the particles as they're emitted. The students claim their prototype can collect 60% of all airborne particles from tires under a controlled environment on their test rig.

Siobhan Anderson is also from the team.

SIOBHAN ANDERSON: In the future, this really could be integrated into the wheel arch, or even into the mud flap behind the wheel. So there you go. And you can see the tire particles that we've collected already.

- Now, the team is working on securing a patent for their design.