Energy from flowers? Sounds crazy, right? Wrong! You are probably wondering how this is even possible. Well, let’s start with a word you are probably familiar with: Photosynthesis. If you don’t know what this means, essentially it is how plants use the sun and water to produce energy.
There are three essential items plants need, water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight. The plant absorbs all of these to make its sugar, or energy, then what is left over is essentially wasted because the plant doesn’t need it all. Plants, of course, need the energy to grow but what do they do with what energy is left? This is where Plant-e comes in, they are trying to productize the natural processes that make this happen by inserting a conductor into the soil to retrieve the electrons, which in turn makes electricity. And don’t worry about this hurting the plant, it is completely safe for them.
Now let’s put this into terms of how much “plant energy” you would need to say, power your house. This may take several thousand feet of active growth to produce enough energy to power your house for a year. They may seem like a lot but it is baby steps towards a better future in energy production. Now there is one drawback, Plant-e cannot do this when the ground is frozen. No worries though, Plant-e doesn’t plan on a stop there.
They are also looking into producing electric energy through temperate wetlands, peat bogs, mangrove swamps, and rice patties. Now, these other sources may not be able to supply power to an entire house but possibly to use it for mobile chargers, night-time lighting, and enough Wi-Fi hotspots. Plant-e is on top of their game when it comes to saving energy and using natural, renewable, and ecological energy sources!