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A giant, transportable smog-filtering tower provides clean air to the lungs of urban Rotterdam
Quelle:: Studio Roosegaarde
The first prototype of the ultramodern Smog Free Tower, a transportable air-purification system designed to produce smog-free bubbles of public space for free, was unveiled last month in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The Smog Free Tower, conceived and developed by designers and engineers at the Dutch Studio Roosegaarde, is seven metres high and has an air cleaning capacity of 30 000 cubic metres of air per hour.
The tower uses patented, ozone-free ion technology to capture the ultra-fine smog. It runs on wind energy and consumes about 1 400 watts of electricity, no more than the average water heater.
The Smog Free Project aims to transform high-density cities and urban areas, where pollution greatly impacts the health and everyday life of local citizens. In the Netherlands, for example, smog is estimated to reduce a person's lifespan by nine months.
A fascinating enterprise accompanies the debut of the tower, the Smog Free Jewellery, which contains compressed smog particles from the tower's current host city. They are available as a souvenir for those who want to donate 1000 cubic metres of clean air to that same city.
The project was funded by public contributions via the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and more than doubled its initial funding goal.
The Smog Free Tower is expected to tour around the world to cities with high levels of air pollution, such as Beijing and Mumbai.