tower smog

  • As one solution to urban air pollution, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has invented a large tower that eats smog.
  • The tower debuted in Rotterdam in 2015, and then went to four Chinese cities in 2016. In February 2018, it will head to a park in Kraków, Poland.
  • The device can also turn the captured smog into tiny “gem stones” that can be embedded in jewelry pieces like rings and cufflinks.

The air we breathe is not as clean as it once was. And in many cases, it is getting worse.

On high-smog days in Kraków, Poland, the city’s air pollution can reach six times that of safe levels. And in the United States, about 4 in 10 people live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association.

To help clean up the air, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created a 23-foot-tall air purifier called the Smog-Free Tower in 2015. Now, he’s installing a tower at Jordana Park in Kraków, where it will stay from February 16 to April 15.

The tower-like device essentially sucks up smog from the top and then releases the filtered air through its six-sided vents. It can clean more than 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour and uses no more electricity than a water boiler, according to Roosegaarde.

His firm Studio Roosegaard calls the tower the world’s first “smog vacuum cleaner.”

The project, which was funded on Kickstarter, took about three years of research and development, but Roosegaarde was finally able to show off his massive machine in September 2015 in Rotterdam. In 2016, Roosegaarde’s team partnered with the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection to take the giant air purifier on a tour of four Chinese cities to help clean up the air. Read More Here