Beijing ranks in the top 100 most polluted cities in the world so its residents are much familiar with the pollution. But the ‘Smog-Free Building’ which is the part of the Smog Free Project has made the air 55 percent cleaner around the tower, according to country’s Ministry of Environmental Protection. This 7 meter long tower is an initiative by the Dutch artist as well as a designer named Daan Roosegaarde who claims the structure as “the largest vacuum cleaner in the world”.
The so said Smog-Free Tower has the capability to treat 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour using ion technology and green electricity which results in the collection of more than 75% of two kinds of pollutants, PM2.5 and PM10, which are major contributors to smog. This futuristic structure got its stepping stone placed by the Kickstarter campaign which raised €113,153 ($127,000) in August 2015. A huge air purifier is placed inside the structure build with 45 silver plates. The pollution captured by the tower is not released somewhere else rather it is used to form jewelry. Smog particles sucked by the tower will make special 300 smog free rings during its stint in Beijing.
The founder of the structure, Roosegaarde collected his own funds by a crowd funding campaign to create the best of project which he raised up in the Rotterdam last year with a great success. He may be a pioneer but is not a beginner; he has done numerous projects before like a Smart Highway Project that lit the roads with solar energy, a dance floor which generates electricity when someone dances on it and many more. He names these types of projects as “landscapes of the future”.
The Smog Free Project – Photo by Derrick Wang. Courtesy of Studio Roosegarde.
There has been a doubt raised over the accuracy of statistics published by Ministry of Environmental Protection and the effectiveness of the working of the tower. The best statistics gathered by the Chinese Forum of Environmental Journalists (CFEJ) didn’t meet the World Health Organisation standards for PM2.5 particles. Hence, they suggested a new name for Tower, “Haze Warning Tower” and said the tower has a very limited scope. However, the Smog-Free tower will not stop serving in China and the founder will soon announce the next city for smog-free tower.