Anmar Frangoul writes at CNBC:
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The way we power our towns and cities is changing. Solar, wave and wind energy are just some of the renewable sources that could, with time, make our current reliance on fossil fuels a thing of the past.
But what about clean, renewable energy from the planet’s lawns, plants, paddy fields and wetlands? It sounds a little outlandish, but for nearly a decade researchers in the Dutch town of Wageningen have been painstakingly working towards that very goal.
Plant-e, a Wageningen University spin-off company, uses technology that enables living plants to generate electricity.
“The idea of the technology is to produce electricity from a new source,” David Strik, Assistant Professor at Wageningen University’s Sub-department of Environmental Technology, and co-founder and CTO of Plant-e, told CNBC.com in a phone interview.