The smart air purifying system was developed by German-based company Green City Solutions and utilises a special moss that effectively eats pollutants from the air without creating hazardous bi-products. This unique combination of biotechnology and IoT has already been installed in cities throughout Europe, and the free-standing structure outside Hopewell Centre is the first in Asia.
Green City Solutions participated in the Infiniti Accelerator programme in 2015 with the CityTree, and have gone on to partner with Hopewell Real Estate Agency Limited, JOS and Microsoft Hong Kong to see the dream become a reality.
At Friday’s press conference, CEO of Green City Solution Denes Honus said, “We commercialised more than ten years of academic research about the plant, specifically these special moss cultures. It already had the ability to eat up air pollution, but this ability was improved in the laboratory environment to get even more value out of it.”
Although the district of Wan Chai would require multiple units to start effectively lowering the overall rate of air pollution, the installation of the CityTree is certainly a step in the right direction for a city and region so desperately in need of improving breathability for its citizens.