With about 6% of the earth made of wetlands, such could become a solution for the energy requirements that we all need. And with the aid of a new Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell technology from Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands, a new viable alternative source of energy may yet be forthcoming.
The Plant-Microbial Fuel Cell can reportedly generate energy as the plants continue to grow. It takes advantage of about 70% of the organic material produced by photosynthesis that cannot be used by plants and is excreted via the roots.
By placing an electrode close to the bacteria to absorb these electrons, the Wageningen UR research team, led by Marjolein Helder, was able to generate electricity.