Plant-e, a company based out of the Netherlands, has found a way to harness electricity from living plants, using them to power Wi-Fi hotspots, cell phone chargers, and even streetlights. The company debuted their project, called “Starry Sky,” in November of 2014 near Amsterdam, where they lit up more than 300 LED streetlights at two different sites. Their plant power technology is also being used to power the company’s headquarters in Wageningen.
Phi Beta Iota: This is a very engaging idea, but for now, only a curiosity, it could not power a house the way solar power combined with a Tesla powerwall battery could. Still, it emphasizes a more subtle point we continue to stress, the interoperability of plants, animals, and humans in ways we simply do not comprehend until we open our minds and look.