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C02 – Glowing, Glowing Gone With Algae Lamps

An interest in renewable energy is often the inspiration behind clever, and sometimes unusual, ideas that try to harness resourceful venues for their potential benefits.

Examples of innovative attempts to turn everyday products into designs with naturally free power can be found in the following 2 lamp models.

A parking area in Bordeaux, France is housing a prototype of an interesting streetlight concept. Biochemist Pierre Calleja has developed an edition of a street lamp that contains microalgae and a battery.

C02 - Glowing, Glowing Gone With Algae Lamps

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C02 - Glowing, Glowing Gone With Algae Lamps

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The luminous green algae charge up the battery by way of photosynthesis, soaking up the sunlight during the daytime and eerily glowing in the dark.

In addition, they also consume the nearby carbon emissions. According to Calleja, the street lamps not only do not emit pollution but can actually consume as much as a ton of carbon dioxide every year, per unit. This is approximately 200 times that of an average tree.

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Calleja proposes the algae lights as a good solution to locations where trees are absent, such as driving areas, underground structures and some urban expanses. He is also looking into additional energy resources using microalgae including an algae based biodiesel, which may be of interest since it doesn’t rely on food supplies for its inventory.

Another algae powered lamp is from Mike Thompson. Called Latro, which means thief in Latin, it is a concept rooted in the future hope of advancements in microalgae applications.

It employs the simplicity of algae, which only need sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to thrive. It can produce energy when the handle is breathed into, which allows CO2 into the lamp, and the side lets water in and gives off oxygen. The algae’s responsiveness activates when it is placed in the sun and there is a battery backup that is triggered in dark conditions.

C02 - Glowing, Glowing Gone With Algae Lamps

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See how it works:

With an odd twist, but intended to make the best of the algae’s environment and sustainability, the designer asks that the owners of the Latro lamp treat it as a pet and reward it with sunlight.

Undeniably a unique marketing concept if they ever hit the shelves.

Some are skeptical of the actual power output capabilities and reliability of algae fueled designs. However, the technology involved with both of these lighting models is similar to a related technique that has been applied successfully in a research study. Researchers from Stanford University have been able to generate a tiny electrical current from plants during the photosynthesis process.

Do you think it is a possibility that algae powered lighting will ever become the norm?

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