For the last year, scientists have successfully operated an algae-based computer, and they now believe that the organisms might be used to charge mobile devices.
According to a new research published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, experts at the University of Cambridge have developed an algae-powered computer.
The first algae-based computer, according to a study, was made from a blue algae called Synechocytis, which collects power from the Sun through photosynthesis. The algae’s electric current is then “channelled into an electrode,” which may subsequently power a microcontroller.
The algae-powered computer is quite tiny, and it spent a year in a semi-outdoor location with plenty of sunshine. The computer was on until late at night.
Because of its small size and capacity to generate electricity, the algae-designers computer’s believe it might be utilised as a power source for campers.
According to the media, principal author Paolo Bombelli envisions a “future when this technology may be a source of power for small electronic equipment situated off-grid potentially also in distant regions.”
Furthermore, Bombelli believes that “algae-powered charging stations” may be put up in isolated areas to charge mobile phones rather than automobiles.
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