Plant-e, or how to produce electricity through the plants

Plant-e, or how to produce electricity through the plants

A Dutch company intends to produce electricity by installing electrodes on the ground full of water where plants adapted to this type of growing medium. Although efficiency is still weak, this invention called Plant-and could transform the rice electricity production units.

A paddy day and night could produce enough electricity to power a remote village in Southeast Asia. This dream takes shape in the Netherlands, where scientists develop a system that generates power by plants growing in media saturated with water.

Founded in 2009, Plant-e markets and perfects an imagined by scientists at the University of Wageningen and patented in 2007.

This device produces electricity by little it is through plants growing in a water-saturated medium system, a large scale, such as in a rice field or a jar filled with water in the garden could be a quite effective method.

The technology relies on photosynthesis by the plant and used by which this occurs specifically organic matter. The surplus is removed on the ground by the roots, through which live microorganisms that feed and release electrons. Placing electrodes carbon close to the roots, these electrons can collect and generate power.

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