The SMOG FREE TOWER – created by Studio Roosegaarde, ENS Technology, and Bob Ursem – uses patented positive ionization technology to clean surrounding air by filtering out smog particles.
It uses very little green electricity (no more than a water boiler) and can clean 30, 000 m³ of air per hour, providing cleaner air in public spaces for free. They have already been put to work in numerous places including Amsterdam, Beijing, and Kraków. While these towers are still being tested in more places, they also serve to raise public awareness and spur collaboration between governments, NGOs, and the clean-technology industry to fight air pollution together.
And what happens to the sooty particles that are filtered out of the air? Roosegaarde’s team decided to turn waste into wonder by transforming them into jewellery! Each Smog Free Ring contains 1, 000 m³ of compressed smog particles. “It’s all about connecting new technology with creative thinking.” – Roosegaarde
Photo credits: Studio Roosegaarde