This energy is as green as one can conceive. An off-grid lamp designed by Ermi van Oers of the Netherlands along with other scientists makes use of a living plant’s natural cycle to produce electricity. This process does not cause any harm to the plant.
The off-grid lamp has been named Living Light and uses plant microorganisms to convert the energy that is produced naturally by plants in the course of photosynthesis, into electricity. The lamp is self-sufficient and can run with any external connection. So you do not need to plug it into a socket.
Van Oers and the scientists are replicating the technology, called ‘microbial energy’, and are coordinating with the Rotterdam municipality to install the lamps in parks and other public areas.
The Off-Grid Lamp Has Enormous Potential In Green Areas
The possibilities are immense. The off-grid lamps can be hooked up to trees for sourcing green electricity. Forests can be transformed into a source of power. The vast rice fields of Asia could both be a source of food and a power plant supplying electricity to the local inhabitants.
Engineers last year devised a way to source energy continuously and make the off-grid lamps glow. They extracted DNA from bioluminescent mushrooms, embedding them in plants. The anode compartment in the microbial fuel cell of the plant captures the electrons which are transferred to the cathode through a wide. This transfer from anode to cathode generates light. They expect that they can refine their invention and make the plants grow brighter and illuminate entire surroundings.
Organic components are the primary source of the energy used to power off-grid lamps. They can be sourced from various places, including urine, organic components produced by plants and trees, and vegetable, garden, and fruit waste.
Nova Innova, Van Oers’s company plans to utilize the immense power hidden in nature, recovering it for the benefit of both mankind and nature. Her team and Plant-e joined hands for a greener future where trees and plants could be made active participants in the environs of sustainable energy.
The Amazonas could be used as power stations with limited capacities. This would immediately transform the value of the forests and would force governments to care more for them.