Smog Sucking Tower

Dan Roosegaarde’s Smog-Sucking Tower Will Clean the Skies of China

by Cat DiStasio, Published 6/29/2016 on inhabitat at

1. Sustainability Problem: Health & Safety / Air quality

Over population and pollution leads to smog in densely populated areas. Smog poses many health and safety risks for humans and the environment. Smog kills about 4,000 people every day in China.

2. Technology: Smog Vacuum

  • 23 foot tall air purifier called Smog Free Tower (the designer also makes Smog Free Jewelry)
  • Sucks up smog from the top like a vacuum, filters the air, and then releases clean air through its six-sided vents
  • Can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air/hour
  • Uses green energy

3. Stakeholders

  • Governments
  • NGOS
  • Health and safety practitioners
  • City residents

4. Deployment

  • Raise awareness
  • Raise funding
  • Convince people that they need smog free towers in their city

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Green Energy from Human Kinetic Energy


Problem: The Implications of Non-Renewable Energy

Non-renewable energy has become synonymous with dirty energy, harming both human health and the environment’s natural resources. For this reason, new forms of renewable energy are becoming more and more widely accepted and implemented.

Technology: POWERleap Harnesses Energy From Foot Steps!” by Jill Fehrenbacher

Introduced in 2007 at Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation design competition, POWERleap is a floor tiling system that converts wasted energy from human foot traffic into electricity. POWERleap uses what is called piezoelectric technology, which describes the electric charge that accumulates in certain solid materials (such as crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins) in response to applied mechanical stress. This, combined with a highly sophisticated circuitry system, can create electricity. This form of electricity has huge potential, considering there are areas with major foot traffic, like 5th Avenue or even a dance club, both of which could generate large amounts of electricity.



POWERleap engineers/designers

Technological partners


Companies/Buildings that install the technology


In order to implement this technology on a large-scale, a number of investors need to be introduced

Since the technology is still in the beginning stages, it will need to reach out to small-scale partners, for example, schools, gyms, etc. that are looking to implement something like POWERleap in their facilities to promote physical activity and, as an after-thought, electricity.

Create a local (later national) campaign promoting the use of POWERleap in commercial building steps and other large areas.










Smart Tech Food Labels Can Help Reduce Food Waste

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Category: Waste, Energy

1) Problem: Up to 40% of the food in the United States is wasted – roughly 20 pounds per person per month at a cost of $165 billion annually. Producing food uses 10% of our energy, 50% of US land and accounts for 80% of freshwater consumption.

2) Summary: 

  • Insignia CO2 Detection Pallet Labels show freshness of food that has been packaged in pallets.
  • Allows for faster, more accurate handling of food throughout the supply chain.
  • Shows which pallets should be moved first by displaying the CO2 balance of each pallet.
  • Allows identification and repackaging of defective pallets, which better protects food during the shipping process.

3) Organizational Stakeholders:

  • SmartTech Labels company
  • Food growers
  • Distributors
  • Grocers
  • Consumers
  • Local governments trying to reduce food waste

4) Deployment 

  1. Identify most wasteful growers/distributors/shippers/food sectors and target through existing data
  2. Engage them and demonstrate potential savings
  3. Identify partners and expand use

How Internet of Things Could Overhaul Office Sustainability

  1. The problem is implementation of IoT technologies into everyday use and the fields of energy, water, and waste.


  1. Article title- How Internet of Things Could Overhaul Office Sustainability

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  • Intel’s IoT platform now enables end-to-end solutions connecting billions of devices. The new platform allows data to be unlocked quicker for real time analytics of meaningful information.
  • The company PsiKick manufactures ultralow-power sensors and the owner compares the advent of IoT technologies to the release of the World Wide Web in the 90’s. “It [IoT] will fundamentally change how we do things, at the same scale as the World Wide Web in the 90’s.”
  • In 2015, 4.9 billion connected things will be in use, up 30% from 2014, with a 2020 projection of 25 million connected things in use
  • Don DeLoach , CEO of Infobright, which offers IoT data analytics platform warns of security breaches with the exponential growth of access points and alerts of a need to slow down the process and make sure loops are closed before “solutions” are pushed out to the consumer
  • The more data an organization has on its consumers, the smarter and more strategic their moves can be in building future capacities that satisfy consumer needs/wants.


  1. Stakeholders: Building owners, municipalities, everyday consumers (whether they are aware of the technology in their pen or not), data analytics firms, sensor and IoT device manufacturers,


  1. Steps for deploying the technology:
  2. The market and consumers need to be able to make smart use from the big data through algorithms. Without the analytics portion drawn up there is just a whole bunch of data points with no significance.
  3. Market the technology to strategic organizations in an effort to partner with contingents and stakeholders who can benefit from the technology the most and allows for additional R&D
  4. Push for marketplace-wide standards that allow and build civilian trust in the technology