What problem are you trying to solve?
Man- made climate change and the growing scarcity of raw materials symbolise 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 and poetic 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.
Why are you going to win The Spindle Award for Best Innovation?
Living Light embodies an innovation with huge potential: it combines nature, biology and technique in a game changing way. LL is a step further into our balanced existence with nature: through LL we will be reminded of the beauty of nature and our reliance on it. LL will once again remind us that if we take good care of nature, nature will provide us with everything we need. This state of mutual dependence is a realisation humans lost over time, a realisation which we need to get back in time.