Move over, potato-clock! Plant-e’s technology produces electricity from plants without damaging them. This month more than 300 LED lights were illuminated by the Dutch company Plant-e in a new energy project called “Starry Sky.” Although the bulbs were ordinary, the electricity running through them derived from a new process that harnesses the power of living plants. Wi-Fi hot spots, mobile chargers, and rooftop electricity modules can all be fueled by the byproducts of living plants.
Plant-e’s mastermind, Marjolein Helder, believes that this technology could be revolutionary. Using plants to generate electricity brings a new clean energy option to the table, but even more exciting, the company plans to expand the technology to existing wetlands and rice paddies where electricity can be generated on a larger scale. This could give power to some of the world’s poorest places.