Photosynthetic energy grid
Plants produce energy surges through photosynthetic processes that have been harnessed on a small scale to power elements like lights and radios.
The ability to harness energy from plant processes remains predominantly a theory but with the development of new compatible transformers and production techniques for vegetation blankets used in living roof technology, it is anticipated that large areas of urban greening can provide the added benefit of harnessing energy sufficient to power:
- Emergency roof lighting grids
- Solar systems
- Weather stations
- Internal emergency lighting
- Irrigation systems
- Feeding systems
It may be possible in the future for a living roof sensor to trigger a feed and irrigation system through automated process using energy supplied by the system that houses it and stored on the building it is installed on.
By developing a energy conductible element the root zones of certain plants interface with may ultimately produce a living roof and wall system that is totally automated and which produces a return to offset its cost similar to a photovoltaic system.