How to generate electricity from plants

Norwich Biomakers Meetup
Norwich Biomakers Meetup
Public group

John innes centre

Norwich Research Park, Colney Lane · Norwich

How to find us

Park in the numbered bays in the main car park & arrive at the John Innes Centre reception (by the mini-roundabout) at 6.30pm to sign in. Someone will pick you up from reception for the workshop.

Location image of event venue


• What we'll do

What if your houseplants could do more than sitting pretty? What if they could power your radio or your clock? What would you choose to power with plants?

This month we have both a talk and a practical workshop, based on the generation of electricity from plants. Dr Paolo Bombelli from the University of Cambridge will talk about his work understanding plant and algae photosynthesis – with a rather interesting line investigating ways for harnessing electricity directly from these plants. For a taster, find out about one Paolo’s projects in this youtube video: In this meetup, you will get the chance to build your own plant-microbial fuel cell. All materials will be provided to establish a small unit. There are only 32 places for this meetup, due to the room capacity, so please make sure you register to come. If you have registered and are not able to make it, please cancel your registration so that someone else can take your place.

The theme of this session follows on from Prof Julea Butt’s session on 18th October last year. There were several project ideas coming out of that session. We will be running a project meeting on Wednesday 7th March for those who are interested to follow up with further discussion, project planning and prototyping on specific projects. See the scheduled meetup for more information.

For information about Paolo’s research at the University of Cambridge can be found at these links:

• What to bring

A limited selection of snacks and soft drinks will be available, and it will be possible to order takeaway. But please feel free to bring your own food and drinks. These cannot be consumed in the lab, but can be in the lounge area.

• Important to know

The John Innes Centre is on the research park just outside of the city. Please don't let transport concerns stop you from attending though. Please post on the site or contact Colette Matthewman if you are unsure about transport arrangements. There are several bus routes that stop outside of the John Innes Centre, or it may be possible to link you up with someone who is driving from your area. I will post details of buses closer to the time.