Living Light

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Living Light is an atmospheric lamp that harvests its energy from the plant living closely besides the lamp. The light of the lamp is produced by ‘plant microbial energy’: energy generated by bacteria in the soil and harvested by microbial fuel cells. Softly stroking the leafs transforms this ordinary plant into a Living Light. The duration of light depends on the well-being of the plant: the better you take care of the plant, the more energy you will receive from the plant.

Living Light is a lamp which harvest its energy from the photosynthetic process of a plant.

Project description

What problem are you trying to solve?
Man-made climate change and the growing scarcity of raw materials symbolize an urgent need for finding replacement systems that redefine our relation to nature. If humans want to remain living in the world as we know it today, new and improved (energy) systems need to be established in order to maintain the balance between human need and the potential of nature to provide humans ever-growing demand for energy and further supplies.

What is your solution to this problem?
We are fascinated by the fact that energy is hidden in unexpected places. Our aim is to make this energy visible and heighten the awareness of the potential power produced by nature. These valuable resources will define our future systems.

With Living Light our goal is to create a world in which plants become part of our energy system and where technology and nature will merge. Besides, to the positive environmental impact Living Light will establish and the enormous potential it imposes, we want to show the beautiful side of ‘living energy’ and forge new connections between humans, nature and technology. This ethos forms the basis of this initiative, The Living Light, a research and development trajectory in collaboration with Plant-e in establishing the energy transition through the (em)power(ment) of nature.

All in all, this project results in a CO2 negative (!) way of producing energy and enables the most remote places to generate energy: where plants can grow, energy can be pro.

What is your latest update on your innovation?
We have currently implemented our first pilot park in the Hague and will implement the first full-scale park in Rotterdam of 75m2 by the beginning of next year. Furthermore, we are planning to sell the first 50 indoor lamps by the end of 2018 (latest).


Ermi van Oers

Karlijn Arts


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