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Creating a smog-free, cleaner future for cities

03 October 2016

The Smog Free Project by Daan Roosegaarde opens in Beijing, revealing the world’s largest air purifier at 7m high cleaning 30,000m3 of air per hour.

The Smog Free Tower (Credit: Studio Roosegaarde)

The Smog Free Project, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection, opened in China on the 29 September at the heart of Beijing 751 D.Park to mark the start of its grand China tour.

The Smog Free Project is an experience of a clean future and serves as an inspiration for citizens, governments, pro-bicycle campaigns and the clean-tech industry to become part of the solution, working together to make cities smog free.

The Smog Free Project, created by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and experts, consists of the Smog Free Tower and Smog Free Jewellery offering a sensual experience of a clean future. 

The Smog Free Ring (Credit: Studio Roosegaarde)

The 7m high Smog Free Tower is the largest air purifier in the world which creates a bubble of clean air enabling citizens to experience clean air for free. The tower cleans 30,000m3 per hour via a patented ozone-free ion technology and uses a small amount of green electricity. The tower captures and collects more than 75 percent of the PM2.5 and PM10 airborne smog particles and releases clean air around the tower with a 360° coverage creating an almost circular zone of clean air in its surroundings.

The Smog Free Jewellery is a tangible souvenir of the project. The Smog Free Ring and Cufflinks are made from compressed smog particles collected from the tower. By sharing a Smog Free Ring, you donate 1,000m3 of clean air. 

The project is inspired by Roosegaarde’s numerous travels in China and particularly by a visit to Beijing in 2013 when he couldn’t look up out of his hotel room and children were kept indoors due to the severity of the smog. More than 80 percent of people in urban areas are exposed to air quality levels that exceed World Health Organisation limits. The Smog Free Project is a part of Roosegaarde’s larger oeuvre ‘Landscapes of the Future’ which connects people, technology and space to improve the quality of daily life in urban environments. 

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