Imagine that in the city at night, shops and buildings are bathed in eerie blue. -green glow.
That's the vision of Glowee, a French startup that promises to use light-emitting bacteria instead of electricity to light up the darkness. The Paris-
The headquarters company claims its shine-in-the-
Dark bacteria help control light pollution, reduce electricity demand, and make stores and advertisements more visible at night.
After a successful demonstration last December, Video Glowee launched its first product, which glows for up to three days.
Originally extracted from squid found in Hawaii, the Fischeri Alivibrio bacteria can emit light through a chemical process called bioluminescence.
This tiny organism uses enzymes to break down a compound called fluorescein, which releases energy in blue. -green glow.
The company explains that it uses transparent boxes filled with bacteria gel and food - mainly sugar and oxygen - to create its night lights.
Because bacteria are not-toxic and non-
The company says they are pathogenic and harmless.
These transparent boxes can be made into any shape and attached to the surface, so living lights can apply their bioluminescence to sculptures, storefronts and even famous buildings.
The start-up company's Biophile shows that a box sticks to a window and bacteria are transparent during the day, but glow at night.
Glowee uses the natural light-emitting properties of organisms to emit light without consuming energy, the company said.
These bioluminescent stickers stick to infinite-shaped shop windows.
"Our goal is to change the way we produce and use light," Sandra Rey, the founder of Glover, told New Scientist.
We hope to provide a global solution that will reduce electricity consumption by 19% for lighting production.
But in addition to reducing the power consumption of buildings at night, this method can even help circumvent the current nighttime constraints. -time lighting.
The product is the first commercial biofluorescent lamp to be put on the market, mainly for stores.
The laws of the country where the new venture is located prohibit lighting in shop windows between 1 a. m. and 7 a. m.
But because bioluminescent light is much softer than glaring lights, it can provide solutions for stores and brands that want to be seen in an hour.
The company has exceeded its crowdsourcing target on the French website Ulule, raising more than 32,000. ($45,000).
One of the biggest obstacles to date is that in closed space, bacteria fill their gels with waste products through their nutrients and prolong their lifespan.
However, the ambitious startup plans to launch a month-long commercial product by 2017 and develop bacteria capable of coping with a wider range of temperature changes.
Future cities may see more of this lighting because governments are under increasing pressure to reduce emissions rather than increasing energy consumption.
In Cambridge, engineers have placed glow lights on dark bike lanes. Surrey-based Pro-
TEQ pavement creates a "Starlight Avenue" to guide cyclists to drive at night. The sprayed-
The coating is transparent during the day, but as the sun fades, it starts to emit blue because it responds to the surrounding light.