Biotech Club develop electricity generating 'moss table'

SFC1 girls in Biotech Club have spent the Spring Term designing and building a ‘moss table’.

Originally conceived in 2011 by Alex Driver and Carlos Peralta at the University of Cambridge, moss tables work through the process of bio-photovoltaics (BPV), which is the generation of electricity through photosynthesis

The girls’ moss table produces almost enough voltage to power a mini light bulb, and they are working hard to reach their ultimate goal of using the moss table to charge a mobile phone.

Although still under development, moss tables are, in the long term, predicted to power sustainable buildings all over the world, with the hope that low cost BPV devices such as the moss table may become competitive alternatives to conventional renewable devices – such as biofuels - in the next 10 years.