In the city of the future, bacteria will take over the job of illuminating the streets at night. Mounted on large picture windows, they store solar energy during the day while also reducing public spending. Just like a sticker, Organight can simply be applied to a pane of glass. So it’s not only great as “natural” lighting for thoroughfares; it can also be used as bright, attractive decor on shop windows. Organight is powered by synthetically modified bacteria, Bacillus subtilis and Lux Operon, embedded between two layers of foil. This biodegradable source of illumination lasts for several months. It’s another step in the direction of energy independence and an environmentally friendly urban habitat.
Credits: Pierre Cordelle (FR), Maëlle Chassard (FR), Guilhem Aulotte (FR), Sandra Rey (FR), Le Laboratoire, 2013