Many companies, whose activities are based on developing new technologies for electric energy production, are seeking alternative sources of its formation. The Dutch company Plant-e is one of these companies. Its developers have succeeded in extracting energy from the photosynthesis process of some plants.
The process of green energy obtaining has similarities with the well-known school experiment. Then, electrodes were inserted into the potato to get some electricity. But, the technology developed by the company is a bit more complicated than high school lab works-up.
It was presented in autumn 2014 in one of Hamburg’s parks. The developed project was called Starry Sky. The idea was that living plants serve as power supply sources for 300 conventional led lamps. This works-up was demonstrated to the audience visited the presentation in that autumn day.
In addition to the Starry Sky project, the company offers a range of systems supplying the power to the Wi-Fi access point, as well as electric modules for mounting on rooftops. Also, it is engaged in the development and production of chargers for different mobile devices, power banks, traffic signs, etc., All developments extract electrical energy from living plants. The important factor is that plants do not suffer at all.
Plant-e company employees insist on revolutionary technology due to the fact that the method is absolutely safe from the ecological point of view. Moreover, there is the possibility of using large areas of wetlands and paddy fields for the production of electrical energy on an industrial scale. This method is relevant for areas with lack of electricity.
How Do They Get Electricity from Soil and Wetlands with Plants
The technology of producing electricity from the earth and plants is based on the use of a battery which is a square plastic container. Its interior is divided into two parts by an ion-selective membrane, which serves as a conductor of hydrogen ions to the cathode.
How Does it Work:
One part of the container contains the aerobic cathode chamber. The second part is the anaerobic anode chamber. The free electrons are anode-oriented but go to the cathode via an external circuit. The result of hydrogen and oxygen diffusion in the cathode chamber is the formation of water, and subsequently electricity.
The success of this technology became possible due to the fact that solar energy during photosynthesis converses into organic substances together with leaves. After this, it goes into the moist soil through the roots.
Example of using:
Some part of organic substances is spent to provide plant life processes and the other part, which remains in the water, is processed by microorganisms. The result is the formation of a large number of free electrons that are involved in the production of electrical energy. In other words, the electrodes in a moist soil, attract the free electrons and produce electricity.
- Elder, the company’s CEO, said that one square meter of a garden, equipped with appropriate equipment is able to generate about 28 kWh per year. Such technology can be effective when used in areas of 100 sq. m., under the condition that they are planted with fruit trees or with greenhouses.
The company plans to start the project to use the territory occupied by swamps for similar purposes. Plant-e experts plan to use special pipes in wetlands, which will hold the processes similar to those occurring in a plastic container. The prototype is already created and after testing and refinement will go on sale.