Dutch Artist creates Smog-Sucking towers which can convert smog into diamonds


Let’s convert all the smog around us into diamonds. Sounds crazy?

But China is literally giving shape to this crazy science fiction analogy into a reality. It recently launched a project where numerous ‘Smog-sucking’ towers are to be installed to clean up its cities. These 7 metre tall towers are the brain child of Dutch artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde who claims that a single tower can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air in an hour. Practically, it means that in one-and-a-half days, a tower can clean the air contained in a typical football stadium.

Roosegaarde first came up with the idea of a Smog Free Tower while visiting Beijing for a design event in 2013 and witnessing the city getting, literally, overshadowed by the smog. These towers suck in smog from the air, clean it down to the smallest nano-particles and then the clean air is released into parks and playgrounds. The carbon emissions are then put under intense pressure for about a half hour and which, eventually, give diamonds.

Daan Roosegaarde, the man behind the 'smog sucking' tower
Daan Roosegaarde, the man behind the ‘smog sucking’ tower

Roosegaarde says he has successfully cleaned a park in Rotterdam and now he’s looking for partners in China to build and install his towers in the city where he got this idea: Beijing. Also, the tower consumes a small amount of power, equal to a home-use water boiler, which confirms its feasibility. In July, he listed the project on Kickstarter with a goal of raising 50,000 euros ($54,350) and it ended up raising 113,153 euros in two months. Roosegaarde’s latest goal is to install the towers in at least 20 to 25 public parks in Beijing. He, eventually, would like to expand the project to nations like India and Mexico, which face similar air pollution problems.

GUNJAN MISHRA | TOC

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