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Electronic Smog Suckers

The Daan Roosegaarde Smog Vacuum Aims to Quickly Clean Up Beijing's Skies

— October 22, 2013 — Eco
The Daan Roosegaarde smog vacuum is designed to quickly clean the dirty skies of Beijing. Roosegaarde's vacuum is only a vacuum in the sense that it sucks particles of smog down to the ground. It works using copper coils buried underground that create an electrostatic field. The electrostatic field draws particles of smog down to the ground where it can be captured. The field itself is weak enough to be safe to humans and to not interfere with electronic medical devices.

The Daan Roosegaarde smog vacuum may sound too good to be true. However, a small-scale prototype was built and tested successfully with help from smog scientists at the University of Delft. The mayor of Beijing has agreed to let the Dutch designer build a small park to serve as a testing ground for the vacuum. The project is expected to take between 12 and 15 months to complete.
Trend Themes
1. Electrostatic Air Cleaning - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop advanced electrostatic air cleaning technologies to improve indoor and outdoor air quality.
2. Smog Reduction Solutions - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create innovative smog reduction solutions that can effectively remove pollutants from the air and improve public health.
3. Environmental Technology - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore the development of cutting-edge environmental technologies to combat pollution and mitigate its negative impact.
Industry Implications
1. Air Purification - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Revolutionize the air purification industry by introducing innovative and efficient smog vacuum systems.
2. Urban Planning - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Integrate smog reduction technologies into urban planning strategies to create cleaner and healthier cities.
3. Green Infrastructure - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Implement sustainable green infrastructure initiatives that actively contribute to reducing air pollution.
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