Plants make their own food and sustain themselves on its own without any help from other beings. They make their food with the process of photosynthesis by trapping sunlight and converting into energy. What if we use that energy for our own means and save on the energy-providing materials that could go extinct in the future? Well, many scientists are working on this theme and there is still no fruitful result but we have a design that shows how energy could be used to make electricity.
Just imagine a world where laptops and lamps were powered by energy produced via plants, that is, photosynthesis. Implementing something like this we have the Moss Table by Biophotovoltaics which is a very innovative concept that could cut down on energy costs by a large sum. It shows the usage of Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) technology for good. This technology generates electricity by putting to use electrons that have been captured by conductive fibres inside the Moss Table. Energy that was otherwise wasted in the photosynthesis can now be captured and utilised to make electricity for the betterment of the society.
The table has a lot of moss pots which will act like bio-electrochemical devices which will do the job of converting chemical energy into electrical energy. This will be done by using biological stuff such as algae, cyanobacteria and vascular plants. Although the Moss table is still in its conceptual stage and needs serious planning to develop them but thinking on these lines is great enough. At this stage, it can produce enough electricity to power lamps and other small devices like digital clocks etc. With further R&D, the BPV devices are expected to power even larger devices like laptops and phones etc. Part of a large research project called the ‘Design in Science’, promotion of BPV technology aims to explore ways to design so that science meets the larger cause.