Moss Radio
  • Moss FM - Bryophytes Electrified
  • Moss FM is the world's first plant-powered radio, and the first working moss-powered object requiring more electricity than an LCD. It makes use of an emerging biophilic technology: Photo Microbial Fuel Cells (Photo-MFCs). Electrons and protons produced by photosynthesising plants are harnessed and transformed into electrical current.
     
    Further information is available on mosspower.tumblr.com
     
    Photo-MFCs make use of a biochemical process and are still at an experimental stage, which are both reflected in the design of the radio. It can currently run for a few minutes via a battery that is charged soley by moss.
     
    Low-powered gadgets, such as the LCD screen shown below, run continuously hooked to a capacitor or directly to the serial circuit of moss pots.
     
    Fabienne Felder, 2013, in collaboration with Dr. Paolo Bombelli, University of Cambridge.
  • Single photo microbial fuel cell - moss pot.
  • Demonstration with LCD screen
Project info
A radio powered by moss.
Fields
Industrial Design, Product Design
Year
2013