The exponential growth of industries and technology has led to the problem of pollution and has become so intense in densely populated areas that it can be observed with a naked eye. This pollution has quite a devastating effect on human health. Meet Artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde who claims that the smog level in the Netherlands has reduced the average life expectancy in the country by nine months. As per him, the human society needs to do a lot more to make these modern cities livable again.
In the essence of this belief, he and his team have come up with the worlds largest smog vacuum cleaner known as Smog Free Tower. It was developed following collaboration between Studio Roosegaarde, ENS Europe, Bob Ursem from the Delft University of Technology and Smog Free Movement Crowd on Kickstarter. The project has also received support from the City of Rotterdam, the Port of Rotterdam, Eneco and the DOEN Foundation.
The project is aimed at promoting clean skies in urban environments by creating smog free bubble in public spaces thus allowing folks to breathe and experience pure clean air free of charge. Apart from being a solution to the local air pollution, it also works to provide sensory experience thus allowing people to feel what the smog-free future would be like. The project was launched on 4th September in Rotterdam during a ceremony that was attended by the Mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb by Mr. Roosegaarde. The Smog Free Tower works by making use of patented ion technology. The prototype device has a height of 7 meters and is capable of cleaning 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour while only utilizing electricity comparable to a water boiler and runs on green energy. It was funded via Kickstarter campaign that was launched on 22nd July 2015. It is currently situated at a garden at Vierhavensstraat 52 in Rotterdam.
Mr. Roosegaarde said, Its the largest smog vacuum cleaner in the world. It sucks up the polluted air from the top and purifies it via positive ionization, charging neutral small particles, the negative ion surface attracts the smog, with positive ions, they can be positively charged. The clean air gets spit out below and that creates a bubble of fresh air. Its mobile, so we can transport it in a day and a half or so.