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Electricity from living plants

I just read on the site of my local broadcaster here in The Netherlands that a small company which works closely with the Wageningen University has won a very prestigious prize.image

They won a Technology Pioneer Award from theb World Economic Forum

This company makes electricity, using the photosynthesis of living plants. They are already using it to power lights on a viaduct here in The Netherlands.

Sounds really interesting and makes me wonder if in the not too distant future we might be able to get all our electricity from the plants in our gardens.image

Here are some video clips which explain it a bit better than I can. And it's in English.

You have to scroll down a bit for the video aout Plant-e.

More here.

Could this perhaps turn my poor little garden into a nice little earner one day???image


  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,961

    Won't your garden short-circuit in the rain?  Or will we have to connect the lawn to a circuit breaker??image

  • kleipieperkleipieper Posts: 563

    Oh gosh, hadn't though of that. image

    Wouldn't want to get electrocuted by simply stepping on a wet lawn! image

    I knew it was too good to be true! image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,904

    Perhaps the lawn would mow itself?????????????? image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Now that's a good idea!  Will it put its own clippings on the compost heap too?

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