Inhabitat reports of a green-roofed spinach-powered house with soy-based walls:
We all know how good spinach is for your body, but did you know that it is also good for your house? That’s the proposition behind the house designed by Matthew Coates and Tim Meldrum. Together, they have designed a residence which obtains its electricity from spinach…
Well, almost. The report continues:
In reality the house is powered by solar energy. To do this however, their design called for a house to be cladded with a solid-state photosynthetic solar cell based skin, whose main component for generating electricity from the sun is a protein called Photosystem I, which is derived from spinach. The system, still in its infancy, was developed by MIT researchers and has proven to be a solid avenue of pursuit in the search for more efficient solar cells.
…The excess energy developed by the spinach-based skin is sent back to the grid for the neighborhood to use.
Read more about MIT spinach-skin here.