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This Lamp Lights Up With Power From Living Plants

By Desirée Kaplan

Can you imagine a forest giving off the same amount of energy as a power plant? Designer Ermi van Oers can. The Dutch entrepreneur and her team have created a lamp called Living Light that can harness energy from a living plant. As she continues to develop this new lighting system, her long-term goal is to power cities with green energy harnessed by plants. 

So, how does this magic lamp work? The science behind this project stems from the photosynthetic process which allows plants to grow and thrive. Plants essentially generate protons and electrons which can create electricity. When the plant breaks down bacteria to develop the energy, the microbial fuel cell captures the electors in an anode compartment which transfers the electrons through a wire. Essentially, it's a form of solar energy on a very natural level. The plant, encased in a glass tube, lights up when someone touches it. 

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