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The smog reducing electronic vacuum cleaner

A Dutch designer has recently showcased the “Smog free project”, an “electronic vacuum cleaner” that could potentially reduce urban smog. According to Daan Roosegaarde the “electronic vacuum cleaner” could be ready to launch as soon as next year.

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The electronic vacuum cleaner uses copper coils to form an electrostatic field that attracts smog particles from the air. Smog particles within the perimeter of the coils are drawn toward the ground, creating a clearing of fresh air 165-190 feet in diameter. The designer is currently in talks with the mayor of Beijing to potentially install the vacuum cleaner in city parks in order to improve air quality for local residents and reduce air pollution in Beijing. Roosegaarde believes that although the vacuums won’t eliminate the source of air pollution, they can bring temporary relief and protect citizens from a multitude of pollution-related health problems.

Clean air is a key priority for all cities across the world. However, achieving clean air is a difficult task for cities due to the high levels of interaction with every other aspect of urban living. Bristol, European Green Capital 2015 regularly engages with its citizens when changes are proposed to air quality action plans or when the Air Quality Management Area boundary is changed via a consultation website called Citizen Space.