“As a space-saving addition to natural urban greenery, the CityTree binds harmful particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and CO2, matching the enormous environmental benefits of up to 275 urban trees.”
– Green City Solutions
One of those solutions could be a single “tree” – the CityTree to be exact! It’s not actually a tree; rather freestanding moss culture developed by Berlin-based Green City Solutions. And according to them, just one CityTree could potentially provide the same environmental benefits as that of 275 actual trees. Which is probably why they’ve been popping up around cities throughout the entire world, from Paris to Hong Kong.
At just under 4 meters tall, nearly 3 meters wide, and 2.19 meters deep, the moss is able to use its larger leaf surface area to capture more pollutants than any other plant, such as dust, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone gases. With each CityTree, 250 grams of particulate matter can be absorbed per day and removes 240 metric tons of CO2 a year.
In terms of the technology behind the invention, solar panels are installed to provide electricity, the soil is maintained using rainwater that is collected in a reservoir, and it contains sensors to help measure soil humidity, temperature, and water quality. And to top it all off, all of the data about the status and environmental performance of the CityTree is then collected, analyzed, and visualized via the Internet of Things.
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Photo Credit: Green City Solutions