Smog-removing tower opens in Rotterdam

21 September 2015 (Last Updated September 21st, 2015 07:21)

The world’s first smog-free tower that sucks smog from the atmosphere has opened in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

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The world's first smog-free tower that sucks smog from the atmosphere has opened in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Developed by Studio Roosegaarde in collaboration with Delft Technology University researcher Bob Ursem, and green technology company Nano Solutions, the 7m tower was unveiled to the public recently, and will tour the world, including Paris, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Mumbai, subsequently.

The giant 'vacuum cleaner' uses patented ion technology to clean the air and produce smog-free bubbles of public space.

With a capacity to clean 30,000m³ of air an hour of ultra-fine smog, the tower uses green energy.

The lightweight modular system can be placed in open areas such as parks to provide clean air to the public.

"Smog Free Park is not intended as a final solution but as a sensory experience of a clean future."

The ion technology was previously implemented indoors in hospitals.

Designer Dan Roosegaarde is also creating jewellery from the residue of the collected smog. The carbon in smog is compressed into high-end jewellery such as the Smog Free Ring and the Smog Free Cufflinks.

Each piece of jewellery contributes to the purifying of 1,000m³ of polluted air, the design studio said.

"Smog Free Park is not intended as a final solution but as a sensory experience of a clean future," it added.

"In collaboration with the government, NGOs and clean-tech industry, you can become part of the solution instead of the problem."

The tower was financed through crowdfunding with 1,577 people providing €113,153.

Ursem was quoted by the Guardian as saying: "We've installed it [the tower] in a parking garage here in the Netherlands and it sucks and cleans both the inside and outside air.

"Inside the parking garage, the air became 70% cleaner."


Image: The 7m modular tower will tour the world. Photo: courtesy of Studio Roosegaarde.