Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

by , 05/31/13

green design, eco design, sustainable design, Gyula Bodonyi, AlgaeBulb, algae power, renewable energy bulb

The tear-shaped bulb is made up of an air pump, LED, hidrophob container, PC Shell, and air outlet. The system sucks in carbon dioxide and water through the pump near the E27 screw-top, and as the air passes through the bulb, chlorella pyrenoidosa spirulina microalgae are fostered. While algae flourishes, it gives off oxygen, which in turn powers the tiny LED inside.

When the AlgaeBulb is not illuminated, it appears to be a dark green; a result of the colony of microalgae living within. When illuminated, it gives off a slightly green tinge on the interior, making for a green bulb that is literally “green.”

Although small in size, if AlgaeBulb is employed on a large scale, it holds the potential to save a significant amount of energy. Aside from providing a light source with renewables, the bulb also sucks up carbon dioxide, helping to alleviate greenhouse gases one bulb at a time.

Via YankoDesign

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  1. Vera Cristiana Goncalve... March 30, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Quanto custa uma lampada destas?

  2. Pattarasuda Chaiyasing July 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Where the algae would come from ?

  3. William Myers June 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Hello Gyula Bodonyi; Can you please send me your email? I am curating an exhibition on this subject and would like to discuss the AlgaeBulb.


  4. GyulaBodonyi June 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    AlgaeBulb is some kind of oxygen generator which uses natural and high tech components too. The head part contains a LED lamp and a little air pump. This pump compress the air into the algae tank covered with a hidrophobic material, that keeps the fluidic content in the tank and let the air flow free. The cover of the tank is a matte translucent policarbonat shell that leads the LED’s light through the body and luminates both the alge and the interior where it’s placed in.

    It’s powered by the electrical network

  5. pypher May 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Like the clean design and renders…However, has no-one stopped to think about how this could possibly generate energy?? Algae doesn’t just shed energy that can be neatly harvested in a container! Air compressors consume energy. Oxygen is not energy… The only conceivable way this would work is if this algae was harvested and oil extracted. Feel like changing your light bulbs every 2 days?

    Alternatively through genetic alteration, extra photon “aerials” to accumulate more energy that can be utilized for growth & reproduction. Then you could potentially harvest the extra energy through conductive materials (like a solar panel).

    Cool sci-fi (green power of the algae) – just remember energy ain’t that easy to come by, and even harder to use effectively!

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