Molly Cotter

Philips' Microbial Home Design Features Fascinating Eco Innovations Like Bacteria Powered Lamps

by , 10/28/11



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The main hub of the Microbial Home is the Bio Digester Kitchen Island. It converts solid human (a little disturbing, but ok) and vegetable waste into methane gas that powers the rest of the home’s functions. The island includes a chopping surface, a gas stove, and a glass tank that shows energy levels. The island sits on wheels, making it easily movable.

Philips’ incredible Bio Lights are fueled by the power of methane as well. The “Bio-gas” is made by collecting and burning the gasses that bacteria living upon the waste give off. The lamp itself is a series of hand blown glass cells inside steel frames. Each cell is connected to its methane food source by tiny silicon tubes, resembling a bouquet of glass balloons. The food source can also be replaced with fluorescent proteins that emit different shades and colors.

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