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Department of Biochemistry



The P2P solar hub has been developed by a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge working in collaboration with green technology companies. The hub integrates two types of solar technologies: 1) an aSi-PV solar panels and 2) a new concept technology known as a ‘plant-BES’, which generates electrical current from plant root interactions within the Living Wall on the outside of the hub. It will be displayed at the Botanic Garden (Cambridge, UK) for a year while the team behind the project monitor the amount of current produced by this combined system. The long-term aim of the P2P solar hub research is to develop a range of self-powered sustainable buildings for diverse use all over the world from bus stops to refugee shelters.