Electricity From Plants, That Is The Future.
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The process is similar to elementary school science projects that create a battery out of an apple or potato, but with the added benefit of leaving the plants completely unharmed by the process. Tests have shown that the plants will continue to grow normally in the presence of electrodes, providing a constant source of power day and night.
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A prototype green roof using this technology is already being tested in the Netherlands. Currently, the Plant-e team is able to generate enough energy to power a cell phone, but the hope is that soon this method will be able to harvest a significant amount of electricity – maybe even enough to power a house. When combined with other forms of renewable energy like wind or solar power, maybe someday it could help break our addiction to fossil fuels.