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Embassy of Water
Energy from microbes


3D viewing room
Artist impression POND
Ermi van Oers
This project is part of Embassy of Water

POND will become the first floating network in the world which will harvest its energy from organic compounds in the water. With this energy we establish multiple things: collect and send data on the quality of the water and at the same time the wellbeing is shown by different colours of light.

Nova Innova (a creative studio which combines nature, science and design to create sustainable applications) created the POND network. What would be more beautiful then generating electricity from a collaboration with living organisms? POND generates energy from water through the Microbial Fuel Cell technology. Simply put, it is energy generated by microbes. Microbes break down organic compounds and release electrons during this process.

Through this technology, humans are capable of collaborating with nature in order to create a sustainable renewable energy source. As a first step, Nova Innova is building a floating network which collects and sends data on the quality of the water and at the same time visualises the wellbeing of water by different colours of light. The floating lights work like a microscope. The beauty of the underwater world is magnified by projections in the POND domes. In this way we show the wonder of water; we show that water is a living creature of which we need to take good care of.

POND is a collaboration between Nova Innova and Water Sensitive.

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