mike thompson: latro algae lamp
mike thompson: latro algae lamp mike thompson: latro algae lamp
jun 07, 2010

mike thompson: latro algae lamp

image: susana camara leretthe latro lamp by eindhoven-based designer mike thompson utilizes living algae as its power source. the lamp design was inspired by a scientific breakthrough made earlier this year by scientists from yansei and stanford university that allows a small electrical current to be drawn from algae during photosynthesis. latro is hanging lamp that makes us of this discovering, drawing its energy from a glass chamber of algae. the alga only needs sunlight, carbon dioxide (co2) and water to survive, so placing the lamp outside and breathing into the lamp begins the energy production process. the energy produced is subsequently stored in a battery ready to be called upon at night.


  • cette n’est pas une pipe
    un lumine
    sortie un appareil électrique

    Steve Nordquist says:
  • thank you! we all need to see that there is a future, and there are people working to make it happen in a good way.

    sunnyday says:
  • A sustainable way to light our future, hope your vision will be in everyone’s eyes.

    Lucio27 says:
  • Really nifty! Just wonderin’ how much breathing one has to perform on a daily basis? From lights to transport d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Makes no sense to me to bring a lamp outside during the day, when I may have to use it. So when it rains, I’ll have no lights for the night? Or i suppose this is another vanity project?

    All in all, its a good idea.. but how is it practical?

    sebque says:
  • it would be possible to tie bioluminesense genes into the photosynthesis system so that the beautiful glass “lamp” would actually glow once the sun set. Someone will scream GMO, but there you are

    Crofter Child says:
  • is certainly prettier than solar panels!

    damien says:
  • This is awesome… when can we buy it?

    John Carman says:
  • very exciting indeed

    Tessa Ross-Phelan says:
  • Too bad it produces light only during daytime

    Alex says:
  • Alex, you misread… it produces light at night, if you ‘charge’ it during the day.

    I’d be interested to hear how many hours of light is produced at night from a day of sunshine?

    guillermo says:
  • when and where can we buy this?!

    James Cadet says:
  • where do i get this? please email me! [email protected]

    maha says:
  • When can I buy one?

    Curtis says:
  • This product nicely demonstrates a principle. Novel ideas often first come in ‘vanity products’. If they genuinely fill a need they soon transform into mainstream. This lamp is neat, but I would guess (because it is unlikely to produce a lot of light) not too useful in its current form – except – importantly – to get people switched on to the basic concept.

    Chris says:
  • Where can I buy one? Love the idea for my home in Humboldt County, California.

    Sandra says:
  • It would be nice to have this for our home. Can I purchase one or two?

    Valerie says:
  • Where would I buy one? Or are there more instructions on how to make one?

    Jenifer says:
  • With the cost of energy soaring in rural Alaska I would like to buy a lamp see how it performs and tell my friends
    . Thank you

    Charles Martinez says:
  • I have no problem growing algae but am interested in what type of battery was used and where to get the gold electrodes and connections to the battery. What type of light bulb as well. Fascinating!

    Sherry says:
  • what is the name of that container i need to ordr it ! please heelpp me!!

    jimmy says:
  • itz cOOOl

    jimmy says:

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