Chinas utterly dreadful smog epidemic along with the millions of people that succumbs from the exposure to it every single year is one of the reasons the rising superpower has decided to take a leading role on the world stage on climate change and environmental issues. At the same time as its pushing for renewable energy proliferation, its also investing massively in large-scale green projects, including its otherworldly forest city.
Dutch designerDaan Roosegaarde, the designer of the Smog Free Tower project basically giant air pollution filters doesnt see anything wrong with believing big, but hes realized that it may be the smallest things that stimulate the biggest difference. In this case, hes looking at bikes.
Beijing, one of the most polluted cities on Earth, has millions of them. Its not entirely clear how many there are these days, but its at least 11 million. Even if anyone doesnt own a motorcycle, new bike-sharing strategies and apps like Mobike are cropping up and providing at least 100, 000 shared motorcycles for the entire city almost 10 times more than there are in London or New York City.
With this in mind, Roosegaarde announced at the recent World Economic Forum in China that he was planning to combine his Smog Free Tower technology with as many of Beijings motorcycles as possible. The notion is that they will be augmented with a front rack-mounted device that strips away toxic and dangerous particulates in the air, leaving fresh air in the riders wake.
This type of filtration technology is especially good for bikes. Traffic is the major cause of Beijings smog problem, and if cyclists were to use these filtration systems, theyd was mainly cleaning the dirty air at its source.
At this point, the device is merely an idea it isnt even at the proof-of-concept stage yet, let alone mass production. Few details have been given on its design parameters, but its likely that simply cycling into smoggy air with it will filter out the pollution; an additional energy source wont be required.
Few would argue that this is anything but a good idea, though. Bike-sharing startup OFO certainlythinks so: They’ve teamed up with the idiosyncratic decorator to get his project off the ground. Watch this space![ H/ T: Wired]