Streetlights, Wi-Fi And Cell Phones Powered By Electricity From Living Plants
Maybe it will seem a little bit odd, but a Dutch company “takes out” the energy from living plants and then uses it for many purposes: to power the cell phone chargers, the Wi-Fi hotspots and, most importantly, for over 300 LED streetlights in two sites in the Netherlands.
The company called Plant-edebuted its “Starry Sky” project in November, 2014 at HAMbrug, an abandoned ammunition location, which is located near Amsterdam.
The goal of many researchers is to basically generate electricity from thin air, this idea being very similar to it. After numerous research and brainstorming, Plant-e’s founders found the source of lost energy that could be harnessed and used by humans. The answer to their efforts is the byproduct of photosynthesis in plants. The plant power modules could revolutionize the clean energy.
Plant-e’s project was built on the same principle as the one from the middle school science fair projects that include clocks run by potatoes, but that is completely different since it does not imply damaging the plants in order to harness its green energy, and the energy resulted is substantial.
And since we’ve mentioned the Netherlands streetlight projects, Plant-e provides the necessary energy from the plants growing in two-square foot plastic containers.
Since the plants already produce too much sugar, the excess is redirected towards their roots into the soil and decomposed into protons and electrons.
The system developed by Plant-e uses electrodes in the soil to expect the breakdown of the plant waste and therefore to produce electricity.
Still, the main purpose of the project is to use the technology in favor of the poor areas of the world, where plant life is abundant. There’s one thing left, meaning doing this in a cost-effective way, so that the new clean energy could bring electricity to 25 percent of the world’s population who has never had it.