The world’s largest air cleaner inhales smoke and turns it into jewelry
The air we breathe is not as clean as it used to be – often worse.
According to recent statistics from the Lung Association, about four out of ten people in the United States live in counties with low levels of ozone or particulate pollution.
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed a 7-foot (23-foot) high air purifier, the Smoke-Free Tower, to clean the air and increase its permeability again.
Tower devices absorb smoke, basically like a vacuum from the top, and exhaust filtered air through six vents, which can clean more than 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour.
The Kickstarter-funded project has allowed Roosegaarde to conduct research and development for about three years, but this week he showed his prototype of a giant air purifier based on the park on Roosegaarde’s website in Rotterdam.
Roosegaarde explains how it works on Tower’s Kickstarter page.
“By charging the smokeless tower with a small positive current, the electrodes feed the positive ions into the air. These ions adhere to fine dust particles.
A negatively charged surface, the reverse electrode, attracts positive ions with particulate dust, but particulate dust that usually harms us is collected by ions and stored in the tower. Capturing ultra-fine particles of smoke that can not be achieved by the traditional filtration system. ”
However, carefully designed air purifiers can be used not only to clean smoke but also to make high-quality jewelry.
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The tower can condense the tiny carbon particles it collects to form small “jewelry” that can be embedded in gems such as rings and cufflinks, each representing 1000 cubic meters of air.
Although the prototype is currently in Rotterdam, Roosegaarde will eventually deploy other models in Beijing, Mexico City, Paris, and Los Angeles.
This article was originally published by Tech Insider.
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