Plant-e develops products in which living plants generate electricity. To make this possible, Plant Microbial Fuel Cell (P-MFC) technology is used. This technology was developed at Wageningen University and was patented in 2007. Plant-e is now the patent holder and is continuously working on further research and product development.
A plant produces organic material through photosynthesis. Part of this organic material is used by the plant for its own growth, but not everything is used by the plant. This remaining part is excreted via the roots to the soil. In the soil, around the roots of the plant, bacteria break down the organic material. In this degradation process electrons are released as a waste product. The P-MFC technology ensures that we can use these electrons as electricity.
The P-MFC technology ensures that we can use these electrons as electricity.