We’ll order a bajillion of these! In an effort to curb rising pollution levels, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created the ‘Smog Free Tower’, a structure that takes smog and turns it into something fancier: jewels.
The 23-foot-tall air purifier, built after three years of research, can clean 30,000 cubic metres of smog per hour and consumes no more energy than a water boiler. Here’s how it works:
‘By charging the Smog Free Tower with a small positive current, an electrode will send positive ions into the air. These ions will attach themselves to fine dust particles. A negatively charged surface -the counter electrode- will then draw the positive ions in, together with the fine dust particles. The fine dust that would normally harm us, is collected together with the ions and stored inside of the tower. This technology manages to capture ultra-fine smog particles which regular filter systems fail to do’.
In layman’s terms, that’s basically smog being sucked up through the top and getting filtered through six vents. The smog particles left behind are then made into rings and cufflinks. So every time you purchase a ring, which is equivalent to a thousand cubic metres of air, ‘you donate a thousand meters of clean air to the city where the Smog Free Tower is’.
Roosegaarde hopes to launch the innovative air purifier in cities like Beijing and Mumbai. You can help support the project by funding their Kickstarter campaign here.
Via Next Shark