Dutch startup harvesting power from living plants

Jul 31, 2017, 7:50 AM EDT
(Source: q phia/flickr)
(Source: q phia/flickr)

Unbelievable it may sound but a Dutch designer Ermi van Oers has created “Living Light,” a lamp that’s powered by electricity generated by green plants. The development marks a revolutionary step towards making plants a part of our energy system.

The lamp works on the principles of microbial physics whereby plant releases certain compounds in the soil during photosynthesis while bacteria present in the soil break down this organic material releasing electrons that are harvested as electricity, writes Global Futurist.

Plant-e, a company based out of the Netherlands, has been working on advancing this technology so that the energy output can be stepped up to high power demands like charging cellphones, Wi-Fi hotspots and even streetlights, notes Collective Evolution.

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