Could energy from living crops be the next sustainable power source?

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While renewables such as wind, solar, hydro and biofuel may be leading the way in terms of sustainable energy uptake, there are still new developments being made in the field, in both big and small ways. We recently wrote about Shell’s Morro da Mineira Project, a soccer pitch that captures the energy of players and uses it to sustainably power floodlights at nighttime. Now researchers in the Netherlands are working on a technique called Plant-e, which converts energy from growing plantlife and bacteria systems into electricity, turning crop fields into power sources. The technology captures energy that already occurs in…

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