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Electricity By Moss

A new green technology is emerging, and it could be one of the most excitingly innovative ideas we’ve seen in quite awhile. It’s called Bio-Photo-Voltaics (BPV), and it harnesses energy through the process of photosynthesis that otherwise would be wasted. Currently, researchers for a company called Biophotovoltaics have developed a conceptual ‘Moss Table’ that creates energy with multiple moss pots spread throughout the console.

The table acts as a bio-electrochemical device that converts algae, cyanobacteria, and vascular plants into electricity. It can be used to power alarm clocks and smaller devices, and eventually laptops and energy-hungry gadgets. This table was designed and constructed by Carlos Peralta and Alex Driver at the Univ. of Cambridge, with a scientific development collaboration with Paolo Bombelli.

Biophotovoltaics is a joint research venture by the Univ. of Cambridge and Bath University. Its funding comes from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The project focuses on exploring how designers can play a role in early stage scientific research.

The hope and vision behind the Moss Table is that in the future, homeowners will design their living quarters with a hybrid of natural and artificial objects for a utilitarian environment. The Moss Table is an excellent first step in taking this green technology to the next level of public interest. Considering the heavy emphasis tech makers are placing on combining art with technology, it’s easy to see how the Moss Table could play a major role in ushering a new era of green innovation.

Furniture companies will also one day join the push towards designing functional consoles and appliances. With a peaceful and harmonious blend of plant-life and technology, we may see our coffee tables and office desks transform into hubs of natural electricity in the near future.

This efficient amalgamation could also solve the problem of increased electrical and appliance garbage we dump in landfills and oceans each year, and will inspire new designs in all aspects of art, technology, and home-living.

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