Gallery: Stanford Scientists Harvest Electricity From Algae Photosynthe...


Scientists at Stanford have just discovered the greenest source of energy yet — harvesting electricity directly from plants! They’ve successfully collected energy from photosynthetic processes in algae by tapping straight into currents of electrons generated at the cellular level. We know that cars can run on bio-fuel made from algae, but imagine if our power grid could run on pond water in its natural state. No refinement is necessary – all you need is a pool of water, a bunch of the green stuff and a high-tech gold electrode. Best of all, the only by-products are protons and oxygen!

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  1. kylrth March 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Is it possible to only use thylakoids, instead of the whole algae cell? The only problem with that is if we cannot grow thylakoids as efficiently as growing whole cells.

  2. Green-mango May 12, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Nice idea!
    I like it.

    But dear tell me, if we snap electrons before they can enter the cell, won’t the algae cell die?

  3. eco-panda April 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    i think its great that we’re finding other ways to generate energy in a eco-friendly way. i think more americans and people all over the world should start taking these other sources of energy into consideration before its too late and we run out of oil and coal and the whole world goes into chaos. its nice that we have oil and stuff but think about what its doing to the earth like our ozone layer. and what if we run out of oil ( which i know will happen ) what are we going to do next….think about people.

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