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Luminous Plants: The New Electric Power

Luminous Plants: The New Electric Power

Luminous Plants: The New Electric Power

 

Let's imagine this scenario. We want to read our favorite book but we no longer have natural light, so we have to go to a large light bulb or a reading lamp. Why not a plant that provides bright light? Yes, house plants or large trees that provide enough light energy to illuminate an entire room.

 

This image, which seems to be taken from a Tim Burton film, is a project that has been developed by several MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) engineers to make a new sustainable electric power a reality. Dr. Michael Strano is at the head of a multidisciplinary team that seeks the incorporation of special nanoparticles in the leaf of a common plant. The result? A light emission for almost four hours.

 

These researchers are confident that by optimizing this technique with nanotechnology, they can adapt plants to illuminate work sites or a whole home. This revolutionary project would redefine the current mode of environmental exploitation to produce electricity, converting trees into large automatic lighthouses. The project seeks to start with plants with dim lighting and to carry out tests on their sustainability, taking care, of course, of the well-being of the vegetation used for the research.

 

Advantages offered by luminous plants

 

1. It is a perfectly sustainable project, taking the same process of photosynthesis of the plants as the starting point. Every plant has inherent mechanisms of production and energy storage, so rather than modifying them, it is based on its own nature.

 

2. The fact that a plant has doubly negative carbon content, that is, its consumption of carbon dioxide when producing energy, converts it into its own product in the fixation of this compound in the atmosphere. Pollution from electricity production would be eliminated to a large extent.

 

3. A plant is the best representation of what natural and sustainable lighting means, without depending on any human structure. Therefore, its process of adaptation to the outside world is perfect to take them as natural light bulbs. By perfecting the process, trees can illuminate entire streets, such as a Christmas movie.

 

4 Their self-regeneration process makes them a perfect investment that would avoid losses due to damage to equipment or resources.

 

5 They already have a natural location that would also avoid installation costs. It is simply taking advantage of a natural resource, in its environment.

 

Powerpuff plants

 

Another resource that is being developed is plants that can perform the same tasks as an electronic device. The newly-named "nanobionic plants" are also under the production wing of Michael Strano and nanoparticles will be used in the same way. One of its prototypes is a nanobionic plant with light capture capacity that exceeds 30% more than a regular plant, using carbon nanotubes incorporated in their cells.

 

In this way, we not only talk about plants with artificial energy production, but also an exploitation and expansion of the capacity that the vegetable already has by itself. One of the most innovative uses with these plants has been the incorporation of "Luciferasa", a special enzyme that gives light to fireflies, another completely natural means.

 

From the voice of Francisco Rolando Archila Dehesa:

 

"Luminous plants represent one of the most desired goals of contemporary science: sustainable science, friendly to the environment and with maximum use of our natural resources instead of exploitation. Thinking that we can produce energy through plants not only means a potential reduction of global pollution, but the motivation for society in general to plant more, take more care and defend more ".

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