New Frontiers in Energy

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by wkmac, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    Dutch Company Powers Streetlights With Living Plants; Will Your Cell Phone Be Next?
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  2. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    So people will pick up an asparagus spear and say , "hello" ??
  3. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Verizon's new line...

  4. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    That article is from last year. No further updates or was it another one of those impractical pipe dreams?

    Harvesting electricity from plants is no easy feat. Ramaraja Ramasamy, an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia College of Engineering, said that what Plant-e uses is called a “sediment microbial fuel cell.” He cautions readers that this technology is not advanced enough to compete with solar panels and wind turbines, which have been in development for years.

    “It’s not making enough energy to have any reliable commercial product. That doesn’t mean that it will not be. We are too early in the research,” Ramasamy explained. “If I come to you and say, ‘Do you want to power that 100-watt bulb?’ You probably need an acre of land and dirt to get the electricity from. Is that feasible? No.”
  5. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    I remember Mr. Wizard having a potato with wires powering a clock........old stuff!
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I recall an episode of "Modern Family" where Alex (the nerd) told Haley (the popular one) that she could charge her cellphone battery by rubbing it in her hair.
  7. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    President Obama's top science and technology adviser, John Holdren, said that, by 2050, "cars, trucks, and planes" will be powered by "electricity, biofuels, or hydrogen." Or, more likely, pulled by unicorns.
    ~Fred Thompson~