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Brief Published: 5 Sep 2011

Biophotovoltaics: Design in Science


Designers Alex Driver and Carlos Peralta have collaborated with scientists from Cambridge University in the UK to produce a table incorporating biophotovoltaic (BPV) technology. The table is part of research project Design in Science, which aims to investigate how industrial designers could contribute to scientific research.

BPV technology generates renewable energy through the photosynthetic processes of living organisms. It’s expected to become a competitive alternative to conventional silicon-based solar panels in the next five to 10 years.

The table generates its own electricity for a built-in lamp from moss grown in its surface, demonstrating the potential applications for BPV technology in everyday life. The table will be exhibited at Designersblock from September 22–25 2011, as part of the London Design Festival.

Carlos Peralta