Instead of plugging a lamp into a wall socket or flipping the switch of your overhead light, try illuminating your room with a potato.
Yes – you read that correctly. With one scientific process, a simple potato can light up an LED bulb for an entire month if it’s done correctly.
Haim Rabinovitch, a professor of science and agriculture, attached a classic copper cathode and zinc anode together with a metal wire conductor and let the potato “cook” for eight minutes. That’s when he discovered the charged potato could produce a harnessable form of electricity.
This charge not only ran through the potato, but it had the capability to illuminate an LED lightbulb bright enough to light a room for over 40 days!
The specific compilation of elements with the potato is great for scientific discovery and progress, but it’s also helpful for third-world countries that don’t have the power, money or resources to use electricity and modern-day light bulbs. However, if provided with electronically charged potatoes (and it’s made clear that they’re not for eating), these rural areas could be brightened without spending millions in infrastructure overhauls.
There’s an endless number of possibilities for these light-bearing vegetables, and Professor Haim is just getting started!
Learn even more about this incredible scientific vegetable battery here!