menu

Could Future Cities Be Powered By Bioluminescent Bacteria?

Could Future Cities Be Powered By Bioluminescent Bacteria?
Cities

A bold startup points to a post-electricity future for our planet

Plus Aziz
  • 20 april 2016

People associate smart cities with technology but as genetic modification grows in its applications, organic and biological matter could play an increasingly important role as we see a blending of the technological and natural. Additionally, the presence of more green space in urban areas will open new doors for entrepreneurs and urban planners. One startup harnessing these trends is Glowee, a Paris-based group founded by Sandra Rey in a design competition, as their idea leverages synthetic biology in a refreshing manner with numerous implications for urban development.

As listed on the Glowee website, the company uses “the genes coding for bioluminescence for bacteria living in symbiosis with squids. They are inserted into common bacteria which are both non-toxic and non-pathogenic. Once we have engineered and grown these bacteria, they are encapsulated into a transparent shell, alongside a medium composed of the nutrients they need to live and make light.”

This is Glowee’s approach to creating a light source that sits “at the crossroads of biomimicry and synthetic biology.” The bio-inspired company embraces a vision to offer alternative power to help offset 19 percent of the world consumption’s of electric light, calling out how this innovation would be a great fit for people and places deprived of electricity as well. This vision ladders up to them wanting to manage five percent of the world’s greenhouse emissions.

Glowee

+Bioluminescent Bacteria
+cities
+Design
+Energy
+Europe
+Glowee
+Innovation
+Paris
+Sustainability
+technology
+Urban
+urban development

More in Design

Design

Target’s Adaptive Clothing Shifts For Kids With Disabilities

Cat & Jack brand created 40 items with special features

20 October 2017
Design

Airbnb Used Existing Listings To Design Its SF Headquarters

The new building drew inspiration from various locations and listed rentals on the website

20 October 2017

The Latest

Event

To move beyond novelty activations and one-time gimmicks, PSFK equips marketers with the insights, templates and analytics to develop high-reach campaigns that meet consumers in the moment, collect and build upon experiential data, and build scale through content creation.

October 18, 2017
Video

Bobby Jones, Chief Marketing Officer at Peace First and co-author of Good Is The New Cool, shares his guidelines for marketing to a new generation of socially conscious consumers

September 27, 2017
No search results found.