Prototyping of a soil battery

Looking towards the future, I envision further development of my research on soil batteries, including a multifaceted approach. This includes understanding the bacterial composition of soils, analysing pH levels, and exploring the prototyping of different cell compositions/materials through digital fabrication techniques. Additionally, I aim to investigate the optimal materials for soil batteries and explore the creation of structures to contain them using waste materials. Understanding the limitations and opportunities of this low-technology is key, as is speculating on a future that prioritises respect and interconnectedness among all beings.

I intend to explore how soil batteries can contribute to creating ‘self-sufficient systems’ at different scales and contexts, enriching bacterial environments rather than depleting them. Experimentation with different soils, compost, and prototyping low-power alternatives will be integral to this exploration

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First test with a non isolated material. The cardboard egg container wasn't a great option. The light bulb didn't light up

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First test with isolated recycled cups. Works but conductivity is not great. Wires should be upgraded to copper.

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Testing with 15 cells, recycled plastic cups, and copper strips as wires.

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For now, the cells had to travel in a shoe box.

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We got a good voltage with the 16 cells. The current is very low, about 0,1mA.

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Sketch of future ideas.

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We can alter the ph of the soil and make the voltage and current higher with lemon. May kill the bacterias.

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We can alter the ph of the soil and make the voltage and current higher with salt. May kill the bacterias.

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We should try the same electric circuit but replacing the soil by compost. A few professionals have already advised us to try that.

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