Dutch inventors have unveiled a large outside air vacuum cleaner they say is capable of filtering large quantities of toxic particles from the atmosphere.
The purifier can clean about 800,000 cubic metres of air per hour, tech start-up Envinity Group said.
“A large column of air will pass through the filter and come out clear,” Henk Boersen, the group’s spokesman said.
The filter had been showcased at an exhibition in Amsterdam. [BBC]
About 90 percent of EU residents are exposed to levels of such particles — which can be carcinogenic — above those recommended by the World Health Organization.
As for ultra-fine particles, they are released by emissions from vehicles as well as aeroplanes, according to Envinity, and can “damage the nervous system, including brain cells, and also cause infections.”
Governments, businesses and airports are already interested in the project. [DAILYSABAH]