12th January 2016
By Carolanne Wright
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Could living plants be the future of electricity? If the folks at Plant-e have anything to say about it, the answer is a resounding YES. To prove their point, a project dubbed “Starry Sky” illuminated 300 LED lights in Hembrug, Netherlands — exclusively powered by living plants. Similar to another project about an hour’s drive away, both installations are the first two public applications of the budding technology.
But plant-powered lighting isn’t the only area the company has explored, Wi-Fi hotspots, mobile chargers and rooftop electricity modules are also available. And large-scale tubular systems for commercial use are in the works.
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While the idea of photosynthesis to generate energy isn’t necessarily new — remember engineering clocks made from potatoes in middle school? — Plant-e’s technology is the first to harness power from plants without harming them. Marjolein Helder, Plant-e’s cofounder and CEO, believes the advancements achieved by their company are nothing short of revolutionary.
Both light projects that brightened the Dutch night used native aquatic plants that were grown in modules connected to each other. By utilizing the process of photosynthesis, Plant-e has found a way to generate electricity, as explained by Yes! Magazine: