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Start up wants to massify energy production from plants

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The Dutch startup Plant-e.com is at the technological summit Web Summit in Lisbon to try to get investors to internationalize their idea “too good to be true”: to produce energy from plants.

Created in Wageningen, Netherlands, in 2013 by Marjolein Helder, a specialist in environmental technology, the company wants to contribute to reducing the planet’s environmental and energy problems by defining itself as a “part of the solution” as a sustainable, clean and produces continuously “.

“I did my PhD based on this technology and in doing the research I decided to start a business. We decided not to include other investors early so we could grow with our feet on the ground, but now it’s time to grow, scale up production and create projects at an international level, so we need about three million euros, “he says.

Speaking to Lusa, Marjolein Helder, 35, explains that the energy process passes through the “neutrons released in the production of organic matter” inside the plant bed. The startup bank itself is distinguished from most of the companies here: there are no computers, monitors or tablets, only a small flower bed with real plants and ‘led’s’ integrated into the earth, which light up at the push of a button.

“This site can only light a few leads, but we estimate that one hectare can feed the energy consumption of several homes. However, my vision is not how much energy we are going to create, it is how beneficial this technology can be for We also want to give value to land that is not currently valued, “he adds.

Present for the first time at the Web Summit, the Dutch startup is taking a positive view of the work done at the technology summit despite the “chaos” of the first day, highlighting the meeting of investors who shared the company’s environmental and energy vision.

In a time marked by climate change, the uncertainty of energy production from fossil fuels and the challenge of some countries, such as the United States of America, to the Paris Agreement, Marjolein Helder points to multiple benefits to its technology.

“If we can scale this technology, we can, for example, have rice fields running on its own energy and supplying its own means of production. It does not produce carbon, makes the planet greener and is a continuous source of energy It sounds too good to be true. “

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