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BY ADELE PETERS – FastCompany.Com

Inline-Bioo-Panel - Latest Discovery - Renewable Energy

Bioo uses microorganisms in the soil to power lights—and maybe one day, your whole house.

In a park on the Spanish island of Ibiza, a prototype for new renewable energy isn’t a huge spinning turbine or a field of solar panels. Instead, it’s partially hidden underground: a biological battery that is generating energy from the soil itself.

Pablo Vidarte, the 24-year-old founder of Bioo, the biotech startup developing the panel, started thinking about the concept in a dream. “In the dream, I asked, is it possible to treat the leaves of a plant as a solar panel?” he says. “The short answer is no. But there are ways in which you can actually treat nature as a battery to produce energy for yourself without harming [the environment].”

A Natural Earth Solution Aye? | Credit Bioo

As it rains, or when the ground is irrigated, nutrients and microorganisms leach from the soil into the new biological battery.…