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Algae-Powered Latro Lamp Transforms CO2 Into Light
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On June 8, 2010 @ 1:15 pm In Daylighting,Design,green gadgets,Green Interiors,Green Lighting,Innovation | 25 Comments
Designer Mike Thompson  has created an incredible living lamp  that is powered by algae ! Spotted over at Designboom , the Latro Lamp derives energy from an algae chamber that requires just sunlight, CO2, and water to operate. Stick the lamp outside, breathe into it, and voila, you’ve created your own bio battery-powered living lamp.
The lamp is made possible thanks to a recent discovery made by researchers at the universities of Yansei and Stanford. The researchers found that a tiny electrical current can be extracted from algae  during photosynthesis. The Latro Lamp features a battery that stores energy generated by the algae throughout the day and a light sensor that controls the lamp’s intensity, preventing the algae from becoming malnourished. Thompson believes this discovery could lead to an algae revolution: “As advances in nanotechnology lead to increasingly energy efficient products, plant life such as algae will become attractive sources for tapping energy,” he says.
For now, though, the Latro lamp remains an idealistic design project — after all, who realistically wants to care for a lamp like a household pet?
+ Mike Thompson 
Via Designboom 
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URLs in this post:
 Mike Thompson: http://www.miket.co.uk/
 living lamp: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/04/15/table-lamp-powered-completely-by-tomatoes/
 algae: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/06/04/eads-develops-first-algae-fuel-powered-aircraft/&sa=X&ei=-HIOTLHCI4_WNobxwdgM&ved=0CBwQzgQoATAA&usg=AFQjCNEDzBE_gt4-tJJh2OV0cWTtuC2bQw
 Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/10464/mike-thompson-latro-algae-lamp.html
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/08/algae-powered-latro-lamp-transforms-co2-into-light/algae1-2/
 algae: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://inhabitat.com/2009/09/08/algae-covered-buildings-to-boost-biofuel-production/&sa=X&ei=-HIOTLHCI4_WNobxwdgM&ved=0CBsQzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNEiA89rxy1pEqAQHhlefA6lqTUmTA
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