Moss-Powered Radio Uses Plants Like Solar Panels [Pics]
Researchers converted charged electrons into electricity to power gadgets.
Moss FM is a clear demonstration of how living organisms can be used as biological solar panels. Though it’s hard to believe that plants can supply electricity for practical uses in technology, this abstract idea actually grounds itself on the occurrences of photosynthesis.
This plant-powered radio was built by Swiss designer Fabienne Felder in collaboration with Cambridge University scientists Dr. Paolo Bombelli and Ross Dennis.
The system’s Photo Microbial Fuel Cell is connected to an anode that collects generated electrons by photosynthesis and a cathode where the electrons are finally consumed. There is an external circuit that links the ten pots of moss together.