With each passing year, air quality declines due to the amount of smog produced through factories, power plants, and cars. In China, smog alone is said to be responsible for 17% of all deaths, and although this is the extreme, all countries suffer to some degree. To combat smog levels, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, has developed the Smog Free Tower, a 23-foot tall air purifier to help make the air clean once again.
The device works by filtering in smog through the top, and releasing filtered air back through the vents on each of the six sides. The Smog Free Tower process runs on 1,400 watts of green energy and is capable of cleaning more than 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour. This leaves the surrounding air 75 percent cleaner, which over time results in a vast improvement to the quality of the air we breathe.
The tower is charged with a small positive current, causing an electrode to send positive ions into the surrounding air. These ions then attach themselves onto fine dust particles in the air that make up smog. A counter electrode will then draw the positive ions attached to dust particles back into the tower. It is the uniqueness of this system that enables ultra-fine smog particles to be caught, something that most normal filter systems miss.
The Smog Free Tower does more than just clean the air; it also creates jewellery from the carbon emissions it captures. Gem stones are created from the fine carbon particles that accumulate inside the device which can then be embedded into rings, necklaces and other pieces of jewelry. Each 1000 cubic meters of air cleaned results in a small gem stone.
Green initiatives, such as the Smog Free Tower, are essential in keeping our environment clean, now and in the future. Eclipse Automation values these initiatives, using them as inspiration for its own environmental program implemented within the company, as seen on the Corporate Social Responsibility Plan.