The team of researchers led by an Indian-origin scientist have developed a novel technology that harnesses electrical energy from blue-green algae that could be used to power cell phones and computers in future.
Mr. Muthukumaran Packirisamy, who is an alumnus of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) has led a team of researchers from Concordia University, the US in creating a technology to harness the electrical energy from blue-green algae.
“By taking advantage of a process that is constantly occurring all over the world, we have created a new and scalable technology that could lead to cheaper ways of generating carbon-free energy", said Mr. Packirisamy, who is also member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
He stated that in his research by trapping the electrons released by blue-green algae during photosynthesis and respiration, one can harness the electrical energy which is produced naturally. Both photosynthesis and respiration, take place in the plants cells, which involve an electron transfer chains. The blue-green algae are the most prosperous micro-organisms on earth and are also known as cyano-bacteria.
However, the technology is still far from being applied on a commercial scale but the scientist hopes that with time and more effort the micro-photosynthetic power cells will soon be used in various applications, such as powering cell phones and computers.
The research was published in the journal Technology.