Electricity can be generated from TREES!!!

by savitha 2009-09-08 10:30:23

According to a new study, there are such a large number of trees, which are enough for providing power to an electronic circuit.

This study was conducted in 2008 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has come up with an astonishing fact that plants have the potential to produce about 200 millivolts, if just a single electrode is kept on a plant, with the other being kept in the surrounding area.

Hooking nails to trees and connecting a voltmeter, it is found that big leaf maples, common on the University of Washington (UW) campus, generate a steady voltage of up to a few hundred millivolts, Observed by Carlton Himes, UW undergraduate student.

A device which has the potential to run on available power developed by UW team Co-author Brian Otis, UW assistant professor of electrical engineering, led the development of a boost converter, a device which has the potential to intake lower voltage power and store it to be converted into high voltage output.

Even though the power generated from trees cannot replace solar power, it can offer a low-cost option for powering tree sensors, which can be used for finding out forest fires. The electronic output could also be used to gauge a tree's health.



PLANT MORE TREES TO CONSERVE ENERGY


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