Lamp that works with energy generated by plants

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At the beginning of this year 2010, researchers from Yansei and Stanford Universities conducted an experiment in which, from the photosynthesis process carried out by plants, electrical energy was created. From this idea, industrial designer Mike Thompson has devised a lamp that is fed with the energy generated by algae enclosed in a small glass chamber which has the lamp itself. The energy generated by the algae is stored in a battery.

Artificial photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is a process by which plants, algae and some bacteria capture the energy of light and use it to transform the inorganic material of their external environment in organic matter that they will use for their growth and development. This process is essential to preserve life on the planet, since organic matter is what is part of living beings. Without organic matter there is no life. And without the photosynthesis of algae and plants there would be no organic matter. Each year, algae and plants convert nearly 100 billion tons of carbon into organic matter.

The lamp

The Latro lamp (which means thief in Latin) is a pendant lamp that draws its energy from algae. These organisms only need sunlight, carbon dioxide and water to survive. Therefore, it is necessary, yes, to breathe to generate carbon dioxide. As soon as it expires inside the lamp through its handle, the process of energy production begins, which is stored in a battery that will later be used at night to emit light.

Currently, there are a large number of chemical projects aimed at the artificial reproduction of photosynthesis, with the intention of being able to capture solar energy on a large scale in the not too distant future. It has not yet been possible to synthesize an artificial molecule capable of generating energy from light and inorganic materialBut the outlook is promising and scientists are optimistic. There are already some projects that study using seaweed to get power.

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