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This Giant Vacuum Cleaner Can Now Suck Pollutants From the Air

Oct 28, 2016 04:10 AM EDT

Breathing polluted air can result in cancer, heart disease, and other health issues that can sometimes prove to be fatal. As the world totters toward using different energy sources that don't discharge these detrimental particles into the air, Dutch scientists on Tuesday announced the building of a stoppage solution to this growing menace. The world's first giant air vacuum cleaner was revealed at a conference held in the Netherlands, reported the Daily Mail. The giant outdoor vacuum sucks pollutants from the surrounding air. This is a great invention that will help us prolong our longevity and see clean energy take over the world.

The massive industrial filter measuring eight meters long is composed of steel and mounted on top of buildings, according to Hen Boersen, a member of Envinity Group that revealed the system in Amsterdam during the 2016 Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference. It can suck in pollutants from more than four miles upward within a 300-meter radius. The equipment can clean around 800,000 cubic meters of air per hour, filtering out 95 percent of ultra-fine particles and 100 percent of fine particles, said the company. These figures were arrived at after the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) carried out tests on the vacuum cleaner. Fine particles have a diameter lower than 2.5 micrometers, said the U.S. Environment Protection Agency. The average diameter of human hair is approximately 30 times more than this at 70 millimeters.

Airports, businesses, and governments have already shown their interest in the project, according to Boersen. Nearly three million people die annually on account of breathing in polluted air outdoors, with the total number of deaths for both indoor and outdoor air pollution exposure standing at 6.5 million in 2012.

The giant vacuum from Envinity Group could come as a respite and filter out particles released during wildfires, construction, and other similar phenomena.

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