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Electricity from trees

ZME Science

By Mikhai Andrei

August 3, 2023

It has been a well known fact for years that plants can conduct electricity (humans can too, take care kids). Now scientists from MIT found out just how much they can pack up: 200 millivolts of electrical power (=0.2 volts). To put it into perspective, that’s 25 times less than the 5 volts that power radios and other small devices.

The lemon and potato battery experiments are already notorious, but this is something else. The mechanism through which researchers can harvest electricity from trees is completely different.

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