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Bioluminescent devices for zero-electricity lighting

The concept proposes the design and fabrication of glowing devices that do not consume electricity through the manipulation of bioluminescent populations of microorganisms. A species of bacteria that naturally glows in the dark, Vibrio Fischeri, and a species of algae that glows when excited by movement, Pyrocystis Fusiformis, are tested to determine their suitability.

The bioluminescent devices can be used for public ambient lighting, natural park illumination and billboards.

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“Next Generation” prize to Spanish project for zero-electricity lighting
Project Entry 2011 for Region Europe
“Visionary strength applied and combined in a fascinating manner” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Details
Seville, Spain
Eduardo Mayoral
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Eduardo Mayoral
Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
"Next Generation" 3rd prize 2011
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