BottleVoltaic

BottleVoltaic is an attempt at a kind of modular photobiochemical device using recycled materials to build an algal photo-microbial fuel cell. The algae is grown in a used PET bottle and the anode is made up of cut-up aluminium cans. The cathode is an old trusted sheet of platinum on carbon, the same as...

Moss powered Wi-Fi jammer

Jakob Skote of the Architectural Association School of Architecture has developed a moss powered Wi-Fi jammer as part of a larger project you can view here. Jakob writes: “In today’s inexorably connected world a disconnected spot acts as a “safe-space” for those of us who wish to remain free from Facebook’s geo-advertising and NSA’s eavesdropping....

Moss FM works!

The result of our research and experimentation is Moss FM - the World’s first plant-powered radio. It is also the first time Photo-MFCs have been used to run an object higher powered than an LCD screen. Moss FM consists of ten Photo Microbial Fuel Cells, which can be connected in parallel, series, or combination thereof, depending...

Some figures on potential Photo-MFC impact

Earlier this year, we did a little hypothetical calculation to figure out what kind of difference technologies like Photo-MFCs could really make. So here’s the scenario: If 25% of Londoners (ca. 2.7 million people) charged their mobile phone on average for 2 hours every other day with moss, we would save enough electricity to power a small...

The moss story begins

In 2011, designers Carlos Peralta and Alex Driver developed the Moss Table in collaboration with biochemist Dr. Paolo Bombelli of the University of Cambridge. The table is a speculative design introducing us to a new technology - Photo Microbial Fuel Cells (Photo-MFCs), which uses plants as biological solar panels to produce electricity. In the...