A computer that runs on algae? Yep, you read that right! A computer made from algae has been successfully operating for a year now, scientists say.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have created a computer that is completely powered by algae, a new study published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science revealed.
How was the algae computer built?
The first algae-based computer was built from a species of blue algae called Synechocytis that amasses electricity from the Sun through photosynthesis. The electric current generated from this algae is then “channeled into an electrode,” which then was able to power a microprocessor, The Daily Beast reported.
The algae-powered computer is extremely small and was seated in a semi-outdoor environment where sunlight was available for a year. Even at night, the algae computer was working. Why, you wonder? This algae is able to process food even in the dark.
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Owing to its compact size and the ability to provide electricity, its creators think the algae-computer may be used as a power supply for campers. As the world deals with the shortage of lithium-ion batteries, such algae-based computers could come in handy.
Paolo Bombelli, lead author of the paper, told The Daily Beast that he images a “future where this technology could be a source of power for small electronic devices located off-grid, perhaps also in remote locations.”
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In addition, Bombelli believes that “algae-driven charging stations” could be set up in remote locations to charge mobile phones if not cars.
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Tran, TH (2022, May 13). This Algae-Powered Computer Has Been Running for Over a Year. The Daily Beast.