For many, the island of Ibiza is synonymous with party culture.
But as one twenty-four year old local entrepreneur has shown, there’s a lot more to the island’s energy.
And his invention mixes well with people, too.
It’s a biological battery partially hidden in the soil that, with the help of microorganisms, generates electricity for lights and sensors – and might soon be able to power an entire house.
When it rains nutrients are leached into the battery, providing sustenance for the microorganisms contained within it.
These, in turn, produce protons and electrons which are sent to the battery’s cathode and anode respectively, generating renewable energy in a way that is said to be more environmentally-friendly and cost-effective than solar electricity.
A good way to brighten a party.