In what could be an initial step in a global energy revolution, Dutch company Plant-E, in an ambitious energy project labeled “Starry Sky,” this month illuminated 300 LED lights using a new process that utilizes the energy of living plants.
“Starry Sky” and another similar project, are the initial two commercial undertakings by the company, utilizing the new technology. The emerging technology is thus far able to power lighting, Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile chargers and rooftop electricity modules, according to Yes Magazine.
But Marjolein Helder, co-founder and CEO of Plant-E, foresees a technological revolution on the horizon. While the idea of creating a new clean energy option using living plants is amazing, the reality of being able to generate power to some of the most poverty-stricken regions on the globe may be even more critical.
Plant-E has plans to incorporate the use of this technology in existing wetlands and rice paddies to begin larger scale power generation. The current projects, which lit up the Netherlands this past month, used a native aquatic plant to produce the energy.
According to a report by Yes Magazine:
"The process involves plants growing in modules—two-square-foot plastic containers connected to other modules—where they undergo the process of photosynthesis and convert sunlight, air, and water into sugars. The plants use some of the sugars to grow, but they also discharge a lot of it back into the soil as waste. As the waste breaks down, it releases protons and electrons. Plant-e conducts electricity by placing electrodes into the soil."
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/real-green-energy-revolution-dutch-company-powering-streetlights-charging-phones-living-plants/#9BT0qOBOqqr6qUVo.99
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