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Published on April 27th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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Smog-Eating Architectural Panels

April 27th, 2012 by  


 
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.”

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.



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