Particulate Matter Solution

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This is the proposal of a project that explains how air pollution, especially particulate matter, has an influence regarding respiratory problems. Particulate matter is the leading cause for health problems and premature deaths. We are trying to address is the amount of air pollution in the form of particulate matter that needs to be cleaned for students on campuses. Asthma plays a big part in medical costs, lost school and work days, and early deaths. We have three possible solutions to better our air. Our main solution is to use an air purifier that will clean up the particulate matter in the air surrounding the Stockton campus. This uses solar panels to cut electricity costs, and wind turbines that will save us on the costs of energy needed. …show more content…
The first is not to take action and deal with the consequences later, which is always an alternative. This will lead to continuation of the trend of increasing cases of asthma and other effects of particulate matter in the air. The only positive outcome would be money saved by the college. The second alternative is to build a smog-free tower like the one presented in "World 's largest air purifier takes on China 's smog". The problem with this is that it is a pinpoint solution, which will raise the cost of the project greatly if applies to the whole campus. The third solution is the use of copper wires buried underground, which will attract the pollution to the ground. This simplistic and cost effective solution will clear the air of particulate matter and generate the energy needed in a environmentally responsible …show more content…
It will act as a magnetic vacuum from buried copper coils in the ground that attracts particulate matter by a weak electrostatic field. "It 's high voltage, low amperage, and the more power you put in the more pollution you can attract" (Fairs, 2013, p. 1). Preferably the coils will be buried under grass lawns, which will make the remission of the pollution highly improbable. The purifier will get the electricity from solar panels, wind turbine, and a generator run by hydrogen. The solar panels will get energy from the sun, running throughout the day. If there was no sun for a couple of days, the wind turbine will generate the energy. The extra energy generated by the solar panels and wind turbines will be used to power the hydrogen generator which is going to split the water by electrolysis generating hydrogen. If there is no wind or sun, then the generator powered by hydrogen will kick in. Although the costs of these machines added together will be high, it will pay off in the long run. 5 kW (kilowatt) solar panels typically cost around $25,000 to install, 10 kW wind turbines costs approximate $48,000 to $65,000 to install. The total cost of the hydrogen system would come around $40,000. The cost of the copper wiring would be about $1 per foot. Although these costs are high, solar panels cut electricity costs, and wind turbines will save on

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