Bioo – a new green energy gadget – uses a houseplant to generate electricity by employing the natural process of plants’ photosynthesis. Designed by Barcelona-based Arkyne Technologies, the device is said to be able to deliver up to 3 smartphone charges per day (or night) via a 5V 1A USB charging port.
A ‘biological battery’ is embedded inside the base of the pot. Bioo’s technology is based on a biological engine that obtains energy from the decomposition by bacteria of carbon-based organic substances (naturally expelled by plants). During that process electrons and H2O are being emitted. Electrons are obtained from the rhizosphere of the roots, creating a current with electrodes in the system.(Source) The rhizosphere is the narrow region of soil that is directly influenced by root secretions and associated soil microorganisms. (Source) Hydrogen expelled from the process combines with the outside oxygen to form H2O. Thus, pure water is produced as well. No harm is made to any living organism. All maintenance required by the user is simply not forgetting to regularly water the plant.
The company has also developed a device named Bioo Pass that allows you to connect to the internet by simply bringing the phone next to a plant. Take a look at the video below for more information.
Even though our daily electricity consumption is much higher than can be handled by small renewable energy devices, our most frequent need seems to be for charging our mobile devices, which is probably why we’re seeing a virtual explosion in new charging options for personal devices.
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Producing electricity from plants’ photosynthesis. Based on 100x100x25cm panels from which plants are able to grow producing from 3 to over 40 watts …