17 May Sustainable Lighting Systems – Glowee
An entire town lighted by living organisms ?
A yang company named Glowee thinks it could be possible. At least in the future.
For the moment, the company offers a most original of answers for decorating or illuminating an event. At least for now, this light is too dim to illuminate a room but it consumes nothing.
Bioluminescence is a chemical reaction regulated by a gene, enabling living organisms to produce light naturally. Over 90% of marine organisms are bioluminescent (algae, jellyfishes, squids, shrimps … to name but a few).
The technology they propose uses the genes coding for bioluminescence from bacteria living in symbiosis with squids. These genes are then inserted into common bacteria which are both non-toxic and non-pathogenic.
By enabling bacteria to make light, Glowee offers a living and lighting raw material which is self-sufficient and needs no infrastructures, thus disrupting the way to produce and consume light.
For what purpose?
By developping this new source of light, Glowee aims to offer an alternative solution to:
– reduce the 19% share of electricty used in the world to light, which accounts for 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and ;
– provide light to people or places which do not have access to electricity.
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