Three young entrepreneurs from Andalusia in the south of Spain have created a "biological battery" called Bioo which converts the energy generated during photosynthesis in plants into electricity. They believe their invention has huge implications for the future of electricity as it could offer the world a natural and clean way of providing power.
Their invention features a USB adapter hidden inside a little rock in the plant pot. This is actually a connection which lets mobile phone owners channel the energy in the soil. Pablo Manuel Vidarte designed the gadget along with his partners Rafael Rebollo and Javier Rodríguez.
"It’s as simple as, installing one of our panels, putting soil on top and planting a plant. A square metre can produce between 3 to 40 watts depending on the type and size of the plant," Pablo told Mirror. The team claimed that the energy created by an entire garden could power its owner's home.
The entrepreneurs are about to release their first prototypes into the market and explained their future plans at a sustainability seminar. Pablo added: "We have used our prototypes until now to charge a mobile phone and now we are planning to sell them in a crowdfunding campaign. Our aim is not to raise a lot of money, now we just want the validation of a real market." The patented technology will also be installed and tried out in Barcelona.
Bioo developed by Arkyne Technologies is being steered by Pablo, Rafael and Javier. They are specialised in the innovation of renewable energies, telecommunication hardware and software development. Arkyne stands as a pioneering company in the sector. Their team is composed of specialists experienced in the areas of nanotechnology, industrial and computer engineering. To know more, visit http://www.bioo.tech/.