Why Not Make A Light Bulb From Algae?

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Algae as a natural energy source is one of the more exciting alternatives of the near future.  

The Algae Bulb represents the exploration of the organisms on a micro-scale in a single LED light bulb that harnesses the green-power of algae.  Bluegreen algae is already known to produce 50% of the worlds oxygen.  How tremendous of it to also have the capacity to produce light.  Using a small air pump compressor, tank, and hydrophobic material, it creates just enough electricity to power the LED for limited durations.  Scroll down through the pics and see how it works!  

Designer: Gyula Bodonyi

The tear-shaped bulb is made up of an air pump, LED, hidrophob container, PC Shell, and air outlet. The system sucks in carbon dioxide and water through the pump near the E27 screw-top, and as the air passes through the bulb, chlorella pyrenoidosa spirulina microalgae are fostered. While algae flourishes, it gives off oxygen, which in turn powers the tiny LED inside.

When the AlgaeBulb is not illuminated, it appears to be a dark green; a result of the colony of microalgae living within. When illuminated, it gives off a slightly green tinge on the interior, making for a green bulb that is literally “green.”

Although small in size, if AlgaeBulb is employed on a large scale, it holds the potential to save a significant amount of energy. Aside from providing a light source with renewables, the bulb also sucks up carbon dioxide, helping to alleviate greenhouse gases one bulb at a time.  If that feature of the bulb could lead to a world of carbon dioxide eating light bulbs, we may have just discovered the next nobel prize!

Via:  Yanko Design

Now here's a great DIY algae light project:  


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