At a time when Delhi is suffocating from the smog that has completely engulfed the city, China has something that can absorb it all. Situated in Beijing is a seven-meter-tall metal tower that can suck smog from the air. Opened last year, the ‘Smog Free Tower’ has been dubbed as the largest outdoor air purifier in the world. It collects 75% of PM2.5 and PM10 airborne smog particles. Made to look like a mix of a spaceship and a traditional Chinese pagoda, it cleans 30,000 cubic meters per hour using ion technology and creates a radius of clean air around the Tower. The mastermind behind the structure is a Dutch artist and architect Daan Roosegaarde.
He struck upon the idea while visiting Beijing in 2013 and releasing the poor quality of air. Roosegaarde claims he can “make a whole city smog-free” through a smog-free project. The Chinese government has now confirmed its support for the ‘Smog Free Project’. This purifier now aims to work on a large scale and help purify the air in the city. He thus decided to use his resources at Netherlands-based design firm Studio Roosegaarde to develop a creative solution.
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Roosegaarde is currently backed by China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection who wants the project across the country. The support comes as the government is finding means to tackle pollution which is an integral part of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan. The air purifier tower was introduced into Beijing in September last year where PM2.5 levels were 17 times greater than the WHO safe limit. However, the tower has also been facing criticisms with questions being raised it the tower can really help bring a change in the quality of air.
Pollution levels in Delhi have reached disastrous levels with smog enveloping the whole city. Stubble burning by farmers in the nearby states of Punjab and Haryana is considered to be one of the main reasons behind the increasing level of smog in the national capital. Following the increasing level of pollution, public health emergency has been declared by the government.