Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Powering Street Lights And Phones Using Plants? Dutch Company Is Doing It.

Dutch Company Uses Plants To Power Street Lights and Phones


Dutch company lights up more than 300 LED lights. The company uses electricity from harnessing the power of living plants. The company also sells mobile phone chargers and rooftop electrical modules fueled by a plants process of photosynthesis. 

One of the co-founders of Plant-e, Marjolein Helder, thinks this new technology can be revolutionary, especially if implemented on a larger scale.

This would be a big advantage for poorer countries being able to capture energy from wetlands and rice paddies. The company founders also envision a world where people can use their lawn or garden to charge their electric vehicles. 

Here’s how Plant-e says it works: Via photosynthesis a plant produces organic matter. Part of this organic matter is used for plant-growth, but a large part can’t be used by the plant and is excreted into the soil via the roots. Around the roots naturally occurring micro-organisms break down the organic compounds to gain energy from. In this process, electrons are released as a waste product. By providing an electrode for the micro-organisms to donate their electrons to, the electrons can be harvested as electricity. Research has shown that plant-growth isn’t compromised by harvesting electricity, so plants keep on growing while electricity is concurrently produced. 

Check out the full article here: Yes Magazine

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