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Electronic Plants Store Energy at the Magnitude of Supercapacitors

Posted March 17, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Researchers have come up with a material that polymerizes inside a rose without any external trigger, creating long, conducting threads in not only the stem, but out into the leaves and petals as well. This breakthrough could lead to harvesting energy from plants for sensors or creating fuel cells inside plants.


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03/17/2017 10:27 AM

Here is the original paper,

"In vivo polymerization and manufacturing of wires and supercapacitors in plants"

http://www.pnas.org/content/114/11/2807.full

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03/17/2017 12:13 PM

Truly fascinating!

I will have to keep an eye out for this!

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03/18/2017 9:55 AM

That is what King Harold said when he was inspecting his archers. October 14th, 1066.

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03/20/2017 12:09 PM

I thought he told them they would put their eyes out, and to wait until Christmas!

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03/17/2017 12:53 PM

Thanks for the link!

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03/21/2017 6:36 AM

This is maybe a smart, even clever idea, however, impractical as wires are still required to each rose unless they have come up with a way to transmit the voltage over bluetooth.

The sensible way to provide this lust for power if to further develop solar and wind technology for households, (reduce costs and make it more affordable) and to reduce the silly by laws to allow more folks to install solar, coupled with a small wind generator on roof tops. High rise buildings would be perfect as they will collect wind and drafts created by buildings. All high rise create updrafts that can be captured.

I think the grants and investment money could be far better spent on more practical uses that everyone may benefit from. Rose power---clever but novel only.

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