Dutch researchers receive funding to make electricity from plants

Dutch research company Plant-e has received a 250,000-euro subsidy from the Netherlands Genomic Initiative to further develop it’s technology for generating electricity from plants.

Plant-e, which was set-up in 2009, developed a pilot facility on the roof of the Netherlands’ Institute for Ecology building in Wageningen in 2011 and the new grant is being made available in order to help the researchers to find commercial partners for bringing the energy-producing green roof to market, which it hopes is possible by 2013. The concept also being evaluated for use in isolated areas in developing countries as a means of small-scale, local electricity generation.

Plant-ePlant-e develops products that produce electricity with living plants. While the plant is growing, electricity can be harvested directly without harvesting the plant.

Source: hollandtrade.com / www.plant-e.com

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