This tower sucks smog from its surrounding area and coughs out the freshest air in its place
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has lately completed the installation of his creation, Smog Free Tower, in Rotterdam in a bid to improve the quality of air in the city. Something on the lines of a huge vacuum cleaner, the Smog Free Tower is designed to spout clean air and thus create a block of purified air in its area, aiming to relieve the people of the alarming air pollution at least in the vicinity.
The tower is seven metres high and processes 30, 000 cubic metres of air per hour, all the while not using electricity extravagantly – not a notch above that used by a water boiler. The Smog Free Tower purifies the air in this manner: the tower sucks in the smog through its top, and the cleansed air is released through vents on its six sides. This is in a fashion similar to the air purification systems that hospitals are known to install.
The smog that gets accumulated inside the tower is also put to some use, however eccentric that may be. The collected particles of smog are gathered and converted into jewellery pieces by Roosegaarde. For instance, the dust extricated from 1000 cubic metres of air is compressed and tightly sealed within a resin cube. This cube is then put to use as an ornament and can adorn a ring or a cufflink.
The Smog Free Tower is touted to travel the world over soon, coming to some of the most polluted cities such as Mumbai and Beijing.
Text By Tasneem S. Pocketwala