The air purification tower designed to help reduce local air pollution in Beijing, designed by Studio Roosegaarde, is having fantastic results in China.
The Smog Fighting Tower was installed in Beijing, a city known to all for its air pollution. Now the Chinese Ministry for Environmental Protection has announced that the air around the tower is 55% cleaner than before the tower was installed. According to Studio Roosegaarde, the tower has removed billions of fine PM2.5 particles from polluted air.
The tower in Rotterdam that is capable of eliminating 75% of air pollutants
In the past 41 days, the tower has filtered 30 million cubic meters of air, according to the designers. It is equal to the volume of 10 Beijing National stadiums.
What to do with all that pollution captured by the tower? Jewelry. The pollutant particles filtered by the tower during its installation in Beijing will be used to make 300 special rings, similar to the rings that Studio Roosegaarde designed when the tower was installed in Rotterdam.
The tower works like a water heater. The polluted air is collected at the top, passes through a filter and through the walls is released into the environment without contamination.
Daan Roosegaarde became aware of fighting air pollution in China after a trip to Beijing three years ago, when he realized that children could not go outside because the air quality was very poor. According to Studio Roosegaarde, more than 80% of people living in urban areas are exposed to pollutant levels in the air that exceed the limits of the World Health Organization.
However, there is some debate about how accurate is the figure that the Ministry has provided for the protection of the Chinese environment, and the effectiveness of the tower in removing pollution. The Chinese Forum of Environmental Journalists (CFEJ) discusses the official data and claims that the tower is more of a marketing and awareness product than a product that is actually effective in fighting air pollution.
The Studio Roosegaarde tower will continue in China, where it will tour several of the most polluted cities on the planet.
Official project website: studioroosegaarde.net