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Air Quality smog eating building

Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Smog-Eating Architectural Panels



 
We recently wrote about smog-eating paint developed in the Philippines — why not discuss smog-eating architectural panels as well? Alcoa has created architectural panels that clean themselves and the air around them. The product, EcoClean, will first be used commercially at the new Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) facility in Badin, N.C.

“Introduced in 2011, EcoClean was developed by Alcoa scientists through a process that leverages patented HYDROTECT™ technology to apply a titanium dioxide coating, called EcoClean, to the pre-painted aluminum surface of Alcoa’s Reynobond architectural panels,” Alcoa writes.

“The coating works with natural sunlight, acting as a catalyst to break down organic pollutants on its surface and in the air around it into harmless matter which is then washed away by rainwater. Ten thousand square feet of EcoClean has the smog removal power of approximately 80 trees, equivalent to offsetting the nitrogen oxide created by the pollution output of four cars per day.”

Images via Alcoa

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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  • http://twitter.com/RexScientiarum Eccentric scientist

    Haven’t these been around for a while in Germany among other places?

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Haven’t run across them myself, but wouldn’t be surprised.

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