Fungi turns rotting wood into electricity

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A team of scientists led by Ingo Burgert at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, found a way to transform wood into clean electricity by treating it with fungi. When the pressure is applied to wood, an electric charge is produced. This process has been discussed since the 1940s, but the small amount of energy the process produced was discouraging. However, the latest development found a way to amplify that minuscule amount of energy by 55 times.

This development could encourage more buildings to be made from wood because of the lower carbon footprint benefits. Scientists believe the electricity could initially power remote sensors to detect if an older person has fallen over.

Could this discovery benefit the future of eco-living, or will it contribute to more deforestation and loss of habitats for animals?

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