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 was […]

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Moss FM at BASF Creator Space

Moss FM has been part of the BASF Creator Space Tour in Ludwigshafen, Germany, together with a number of other interesting and ground breaking projects. Moss FM was shown in a reduced form with a multimeter and an LCD attached to the circuit.

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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. To […]

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Article in The Modern Farmer

Could Moss Power Our Homes? – Modern Farmer Another great article on the website of Modern Farmer. We appreciate this one especially, because the journalist Jesse Hirsch took the time to speak to Fabienne even on an early New York Sunday morning.

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Article on Dezeen.com

Moss used as “biological solar panels” to power a radio We’re getting some press. Thanks to James Pallister at Dezeen for his genuine interest in biophilic design. Click on the link above to get the full story.

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Moss FM

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 on […]

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Moss power application

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 town: […]

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Photo Microbial Fuel Cells and mosses as electricity generators

How do Photo-MFCs work and why are mosses so suited for it? In order to grow, plants photosynthesise – they use solar energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into sugars. The photosynthetic process, in simple terms, consists of two stages. In the first, light-dependent stage, plants split water – oxygen is released and electrons […]

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Moss Table

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 futuristic […]

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