The world’s largest smog sucking vacuum has the potential to rid cities of pollution…

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If you’re a city dweller, waking up to smog around the tops of buildings is a normal occurrence, and socially we accept this sight. We might even take it for granted.

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and his team of engineers have developed the world’s largest smog-sucking vacuum cleaner that has the potential to rid cities of pollution.

The Smog Free Project launched the seven-metre-tall air purifier on Friday from the Roosegaarde Studio in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Its white, tapered exterior uses technology borrowed from the indoor air purifiers used in hospitals, only on a much larger scale.

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The tower runs on green energy, sucking smog in through the top and releasing clean air out through its six sides. Using just 1,400 watts of electricity – no more than a household toaster – it’s able to create smog-free spaces in cities.

Roosegaarde’s tower will start in Rotterdam and eventually travel the world, visiting cities like Beijing, Paris and Los Angeles so that people all over the world can experience clean air and help to further develop the project.

“I think the smog-free tower, the smog-free park, the bubble of clean air creates a place where NGOs, concerned citizens, makers like you and me can meet, can work, can think together; do what we need to do to make a city smog free,” Roosegaarde said in his Kickstarter campaign video.

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