Dutch designer to test smog 'vacuum cleaner' in Beijing

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Daan Roosegaarde plans to test his new technology in China's heavily polluted capital.

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Copyright 2014 Reuters
Copyright 2014 Reuters

Daan Roosegaarde, a Dutch artist and designer, has invented a device that could help suck air pollution directly out of the sky, and he plans to test the device in heavily polluted Beijing.

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The device uses an electromagnetic field generated by copper coils to pull airborne particles in the smog to the ground, where they can be cleaned and disposed of easily.

"Beijing is quite good because the smog is quite low, it's in a valley so there's not so much wind. It's a good environment to explore this kind of thing." Daan Roosegaarde, Dutch designer

Roosegaarde has already tested an indoor prototype of the device, and said Beijing's topography makes it an ideal site for the technology's first outdoor test.

"This is not the real answer for smog. The real answer has to do with clean cars, different industry and different lifestyles." Daan Roosegaarde, Dutch designer

Roosegaarde said his project is not meant to single-handedly solve Beijing's air pollution, but to call attention to it and promote creative problem-solving.

Roosegaarde is also known for his work on "smart highways," which include features like interactive lighting and dynamic lane lines depending on road conditions. The concept was given a trial run in April 2014.

Another group of Dutch designers have proposed treating slabs of paved road with a titanium oxide solution, which could reduce smog by drawing as much as 45% of the air's nitrous oxide to the ground for easy disposal.

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