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Published on August 24th, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin

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Bio-Circuit – Natural Electricity

Imagine a world where we plug our phones into our houseplants. Visualize a world where plugging cell phones & lamps into a plant to charge is possible. In 90 minutes. With the “E-Kaia” bio-circuit, the future is now. 90 minutes to 100% charge on your electronic device? That equates to time well spent.

The first bio-circuit was created and established in 1841 by Alexander Bain. Bain showed that placing zinc and copper electrodes into soil causes a reaction similar to a regular battery, moving electrically charged electrons creating an electrical current. During this process, plants only use some of their available cells to convert energy, leaving plenty to keep the plant healthy and sustainable for future use.

During photosynthesis, plants convert light into energy, charging electrons which the specially created electrode picks up just by plugging it into the soil.
Creating a minimum of five volts, at around 600 milliamps, an average phone will charge in an average of 90 minutes using this circuit.

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Moving forward to 2009, 3 female Chiléan students, Evelyn Aravena, Camila Rupcich and Carolina Guerrero, were deep in their studies at Duoc UC in Valparaìso, and the Andrés Bello National University in Chilé, when they created a new “bio-circuit.” With support from the Chilean Economic Development Agency, the ladies will be trying to sell their thoughts and engineering marvel at some point this year. According to their Facebook page, “The aim of E-Kaia is to generate technology that uses all the resources that nature provides us [that] benefits both people and the environment.”

Price points on the electrodes are not clear yet, however, with several different systems being created currently, one being at Wageningen University in the Netherlands called, “Plant-e,” one could assume that there will be several to choose from.

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In today’s world, charging electronics is not only a necessary evil, but something we have become slaves to. To say that the bio-circuit is a game changer is an understatement at best. With “urban gardening” becoming a worldwide movement, and sustainability being a real concern, the bio-circuit is the future of charging electronic devices. If you haven’t planted the plant that will be your designated charger, get to a local nursery, and choose accordingly.

 

Written by: Courtney Gilmore @ogofcbd

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