#sustainable power from green wall

Design Sustainability

Elena Mitrofanova is a graduate of the the Moscow Institute of Architecture and collaborated with Dr Paolo Bombelli (Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge) to design a green wall facades that has the potential to generate electricity from it’s planting. Moss Voltaics

The design is composed of modular clay “bricks” planted with moss and utilizes new scientific advances in the emerging field of biophotovoltaics (BPV).

When the moss photosynthesises it releases some of these organic compounds into the soil which contains symbiotic bacteria. The bacteria break down the compounds, which they need to survive, liberating by-products that include electrons. 

By providing an electrode for the micro-organisms to donate their electrons to, the electrons can be harvested as electricity.

Moss Voltaics…

…would be cheaper to produce, self-repairing, self-replicating, biodegradable and much more sustainable” than standard photovoltaics.

Elena Mitrofanova