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THE STREETS OF A FRENCH TOWN WILL BE LIT BY BACTERIA LUMINESCENCE, DOES NOT REQUIRE ELECTRICITY

by Shailee Mishra

Date & Time: Apr 20, 2022 11:00 PM

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A French design startup wants to reimagine public lighting by bringing bacterial and fungal bioluminescence to street lights, much like in a fantasy or science fiction narrative.
All kinds of creatures, plants, and fungus use enzymes to glow in the dark, whether in a magical forest, at the bottom of the sea, or even in Rambouillet, 35 miles outside of Paris.

Our goal is to transform the way cities use light

"We want to create an ambient that better respects citizens, the environment, and biodiversity and to impose this new philosophy of light as a viable alternative," Sandra Rey, founder of the French business Glowee, which is driving a public initiative in Rambouillet, says.

What does the future hold for public lighting?

Small tubes contain billions of individuals from aliivibrio fischeri, a marine bacterium obtained off the coast of France that glows a soothing blue.

A little amount of basic nutrition is fed to the football-sized tubes, which emit about 15 lumens of light, and a small mechanism draws oxygen into the tank, which the "luciferase" enzyme in the bacteria's cells requires to produce light. Stopping the circulation of oxygen is all it takes to turn off the light.

Glowee is 75 percent off the mark for the EU's minimum permitted street light illumination requirements. Sustainability, on the other hand, opens all doors on the continent, according to the BBC, with Glowee receiving €1.7 million from the EU to develop its technology, which is carbon-neutral.

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