How Does It Work?

Plant-e technology step by step:

    1. Under the influence of sunlight, plants make organic material (sugars) and oxygen from water and CO. This is called photosynthesis.
    2. This organic material is transported throughout the plant.
    3. Part of this organic material is not used by the plant and secreted by the roots.
    4. Bacteria that naturally surround the roots break down this organic material, releasing electrons and protons.
    5. The electrons are collected in the anode (the minus pole) of our plant battery.
    6. The electrons flow through the wire and can be used as electricity. A smart chip enables us to increase the voltage and, for example, to keep lights on!
    7. To make electrons flow, you also need a plus pole, the cathode. There they come in contact with oxygen from the air and protons from step 4 and react to water.


In addition to the fact that making electricity with living plants can be a nice addition to the current matrix of sustainable electricity production, there are a number of advantages to our technology and products. A few of these positive points at a glance:

  • It is CO2 negative:
    • Plants consume more CO2 than they emit. As a result, electricity generated from living plants is the only CO2 negative! That is very positive!
  • It is green:
    • It has been shown that green in the environment, whether this is outside or inside, has a positive influence on people. Moreover, green contributes to a pleasant (indoor) climate.
  • It is sustainable:
    • We are constantly looking for the most sustainable materials for all our products. Plastics we use are always recycled and all materials we use are inert. This means that the materials that we place in nature will not dissolve or affect nature there. Our Plant-e systems can therefore, if necessary, be completely taken back and recycled.
  • It makes multiple land use possible:
    • A Plant-e installation does not detract from nature reserves, but adds something. An example of this Multiple use of space: In addition to food production, a rice field will have the added value of (decentralized) electricity production.