Smog Free Project has landed at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian as part of its Chinese tour. The Smog Free Project consists of the largest outdoor vacuum cleaner in the world, the Smog Free Tower and Smog Free Jewellery made from its captured smog. The Project opened last fall in Beijing and drew thousands of visitors to admire the “new temple of clean air.” The effect of the Smog Free Tower has been validated by the results compiled by the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Established in 2007 as the foremost global gathering on science, technology and innovation, the Annual Meeting of the New Champions convenes the next generation of fast-growing enterprises shaping the future of business and society, and leaders from major multinationals, government, media, academia, civil society and the arts.
The next stage
The Dutch artist and innovator, Daan Roosegaarde, announced the next stages of development for the project in China. The Smog Free Tower, which provides parks with cleaner air than the rest of the city, will be produced by its Chinese partner Film Method Works, a pioneer in supporting new environmental technology in China.
Technology of the smog free tower
The Smog Free Tower works with the proven ENS technology of positive ionization to remove large fractions of particulate matter from the air in its immediate surroundings. Both the technology and the Smog Free Tower itself have been successfully evaluated with both field measurements and numerical simulations with Computational Fluid Dynamics. The results confirm that the tower captures and removes up to 70% of the ingested PM10 and up to 50% of the ingested PM2.5. For a tower in an open field in calm weather, this provides PM10 reductions up to 45% and PM2.5 reductions up to 25% in a circle with diameter of more than 20 m around the tower. When the tower is applied in semi-enclosed or enclosed courtyards, the beneficial effects can be much larger.” (Prof. dr. Bert Blocken Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands and KU Leuven, Belgium)
During the summit Daan Roosegaarde emphasized his vision for Schoonheid, a Dutch word for beauty with two layers of meaning beauty and cleanliness. “True beauty is clean air and it should not be taken for granted.” Daan Roosegaarde is part of the Young Global Leader network of the World Economic Forum since 2015, recognized for radically changing his industry, politics and society. Entrepreneurial and optimistic, he represents the next generation of global leadership.
Nico Daswani, Head of Arts and Culture at World Economic Forum “Daan Roosegaarde performs a type of magic by turning smog into beauty. Artists like Daan open up for us all entirely new ways of re-imagining our connection with our environment. We are delighted to welcome the Smog Free Tower to our Annual Meeting of the New Champions.”
Mr. An, CEO of Film Method Works “We are benefiting the living environment and future generations; from the ideological point of view, the Film Method Works and Daan Roosegaarde consensus is a bold exploration, to promote the harmonious interaction between man and nature. We also welcome all the strength to join our public welfare program.”
Daan Roosegaarde, Creator of Smog Free Project “Smog Free Project is a series of urban innovation to reduce pollution on the city scale, a package deal for Mayors for an immediate impact and lasting effect towards smog free cities. We continue to share the dream about clean air.”
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*) This article is a follow up of the article: Cleaning urban skies with the Smog Free Tower