Smog Free Project consists of a 7m tower that sucks in the pollution from the air and converts it into diamonds. The Smog Free Tower cleans 30.000m3 per hour without ozon, runs on green wind energy and uses no more electricity than a waterboiler (1400 watts). The prototype was successfully implemented in Rotterdam, and is soon being implemented by the government in China.
For most developing nations the cost of achieving development has to be paid by the environment. Using different technologies to offset or manage this cost is a good balance between the much needed development and the environmental sustainability. Doing this requires a different way of thinking and approaching the problem.
We already know about the smog problem in China. Smog is a problem for most other nations. The Smog Free Project uses technology to convert the problem to a product of great value.
Project developers (designers, architects and engineers)
Marketers and sellers
Citizens on that region/nation
International NGO’s (like the World Economic Forum)
Process of implementation:
The process of implementation will take a while. The pilot project was successful in Rotterdam. To take this forward will require multiple partnerships to work in tandem with successful implementation of technology. The article (and the videos) elaborate on the complexity of this problem in great detail.
The process in brief would include: Deploying these towers in strategic locations -> Converting the smog into diamonds -> Implementing other policy and technology initiatives that won’t hinder economic growth and would still help reduce pollution -> Create a market for these diamonds and jewelry (possibly use De Beers marketing tactics).
Water: Clean water is a basic necessity for everyone’s standard of living. It is needed for basic health and nutrition. However, in places like India, millions do not have access to clean water. In fact, India has the world’ highest number of people without access to clean water. Thus, innovative ways to distribute clean water in places like India is needed.
This technology is addressing plastic waste pollution, by transforming used plastic into bricks. Plastic can take up to 500 years to biodegrade and 75% of plastic produced globally is in a landfill or not formally disposed of.
Today, the Earth’s oceans are littered with millions of tons of plastic, wreaking havoc on animal and plant life in the water. This does not only affect the wildlife, but humans who rely on them for food and or business
New York City-based startup, Bionic Yarn, has created a way to make fabric from recycled ocean plastic and turn it into denim products. The products are woven with some nine tons of ocean plastic inside. One of the company’s yarns is FLX, which is is made completely of recovered plastic. Their patented technology heats and spins together dozens of RPET strands to make new and improved yarn
Bionic Yarn tech engineers/designers
In order to implement this technology on a large-scale, a number of investors need to be introduced
Fashion designers must begin to use the technology to introduce the innovation to the public and encourage its usage down the supply chain i.e. factories and low-end designers/retailers. For example, Bionic Yarn has partnered with celebrity/designer, Pharrell Williams, who uses it in his G-Star Raw collections
The company should start a campaign marketing the technology to high-end textile suppliers, proving that this material can be recycled and high quality
Form meets function. A Dutch researcher from the Eindhoven University of Technology has designed a new luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) panel which is thinner, cheaper and aesthetically pleasing. On June 18 several test panels were installed along the busy A2 highway as a pilot project for a new product which combines the need for solar energy capture with noise abatement. Michael Debije, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, designed the panels to reabsorb light as they channel it to the solar arrays at their edges. The light is then transferred to conventional panels at the sides. This results in enough electricity to power 50 homes from one kilometer (0.62 miles).
SONOBS – Solar Noise Barriers
luminescent solar concentrators (LSC) = translucent sheets bounce light internally to the edges of the panels, where it’s beamed onto regular solar panels in concentrated form
solar cells are hidden in the frame of the barrier
works under the gray skies of Northern Europe
Currently being tested along A2 highway
The Sustainability Problem
Suitable for urban areas
Shields noise without cutting off view
Produces renewable energy
Reduces reliability on non-sustainable electricity
Future: expansion throughout the Netherlands, international market
The Technology Stakeholders
Scientists and academics
Businesses (producers of technology and energy consumers)
Suppliers of component parts
Local councils and Governments
The Steps to Technology Implementation
Continue “living lab” tests in Den Bosch, Netherlands
Measure the electrical output and explore business models
Each solar powered tree is a sustainable recharge station with eight access points. It provides complimentary WiFi out to 100 meters. In addition to being a hotspot, the Smart Palm displays security and emergency features and is completely powered by leaf-shaped photovoltaic solar panels. Public information and government notices are displayed on digital outdoor screens with an opportunity for paid advertisements as well. Users are encouraged to sit and relax while using the high-speed recharging stations (2.5 times faster) and free internet.
Provides internet to beachgoers and park visitors
Currently installed at Zabeel Park and at the beach near Burj Al Arab in Dubai (with plans for expansion)
About 260 people use the wifi service each day, with 31 devices recharged daily
UAE has a high smartphone concentration; connectivity in demand
Fits Smart City plan as build up to hosting next “World Expo 2020” (held every 5 years)
Establishes valuable network for mobile data capture
Clean and green approach to power supply
Renewable form of energy; stores power for later use
Keeps citizens and visitors connected
Reduces demand on traditional power grid
Dubai is most populous city in UAE
Uses resources from the natural world
Future application: Smart Palm technology can expand to more cities/locations
D Idea Media, founding company/creators
Local government and agencies that disseminate public information (Dubai Municipality, etc.)
City planners and managers who access data (usage, mobility, etc.)
Suppliers of component parts
Individual smartphone users/passersby who access or view touch screens
Retailers, service providers and researchers who value collected data
Determine economic efficiency/profitability; cost of Smart Palm tech vs ROI (value of data collected)
Start with pilot project, monitor results
Adjust locations as necessary; replicate in desirable areas