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Dutch Artist Wants to Turn China’s Smog into Diamonds

  • 24
  • 09
  • 2016

Turning smog into diamonds. Whoever heard of such a crazy idea? Listen to what this Dutch designer has planned.

Dan Roosegaarde, a 37-year-old Dutch designer and artist, has invented a machine that can literally turn smog into diamonds. He got this seemingly crazy idea while he was staring out a window on the 32nd floor of a building in Beijing.


The smog permeating the city made it almost impossible for him enjoy the skyline. The view was like that just about every day. Tired of the situation, Dan created a ‘Smog Free Tower,’ a 23-foot-tall structure that would act as a giant air purifier.

The tower runs on wind energy and will be able to clean 30,000 cubic meters of air every hour. But that’s not all. The carbon it collects will be compressed to make diamond rings with only 30 minutes of compression.

Isn’t that amazing?

Smog free tower

He’s already used his tower to clean a park in Rotterdam. He wants Beijing to be next.

Although Dan was approached by major private companies to work together, he prefers to stay with the government and universities. The money from selling the diamond cubes will be put back into making more ‘Smog Free Towers.’


The current goal is to place a tower at 20-25 parks, but his ultimate goal is to find a way to make these machines obsolete. “How can we create a city where in 10 years these towers aren’t necessary anymore?” he asks.

So, if you visit Beijing soon, be prepared to see some futuristic random structures in parks around the capital of China and later around the country. You can be sure it will be a safe zone to breathe because the towers will be able to purify 70%-75% of the air around it.


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