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This Company Is Building Tech That's Turning Plants Into Batteries

By Aimee Lutkin

When you hear about technology that derives energy from plants, you likely imagine some sort of fuel produced via the destruction of those plants. That would have been true until recently, when a company called Plant-e introduced the first successful clean energy project that doesn't damage the living material that produces the power, according to Healthy Planet 365.

Though people have known for a long time that photosynthesis can produce usable energy, there hasn't been a way to create enough of it to power much more than a potato clock. Plant-e has made something called a “sediment microbial fuel cell," that allows photosynthesized sugars from plants to connect to power sources.