Team:LINKS China/Sustainable


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Sustainable Development Project

Among the goals of United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda, to end poverty, to protect the planet, to promote gender equality, or to ensure prosperity, energy is at the heart of many of these targets.

Inexhaustible and reliable, sustainable sources, in addition to the most commonly considered wind, solar, and water, is banking on bioenergy more and more upon the breakthrough of life science in recent years.

As a renewable and abundant energy derived from the living organic materials known as biomass, the bioenergy can not only generate the electricity but also stay in a stable and secured level for a long time, which means it can be widely applied in the natural environment without humans' assistance.

LINKS_China is a team located in Shenzhen, a costal city risen from a fishing village 40 years ago, stretching itself on miles of miles wetland, mangroves, and coastal shores which are the most important guards for the prosperity of this city. Steady and secured energy providing is crucial for the city's development, not just to meet the increasingly growing population in this metropolitan, more than that, to equip with detective devices to collect data in real time from migrated birds' route tracking, ancient trees' status monitoring, wetlands' evolution measuring, and litters' flowing tracing in the ocean.

Considering the long distance and long term running of those monitoring devices in such working condition, LINKS_China came up with the idea of biobattery as the ideal energy solution to fulfill these devices' jobs: working for months with steady and sufficient power supply without any electricity recharging. All of the team members spent time on paper reading, lab experimenting, hardware designing for months untiredly. Their hardworking is productive and rewarding'several types of high-yield e-pili extracted from E.coli were worked out with high electricity generation output by resorting to the humidity. Furthermore, they are capable of charging themselves in the air automatically and degradable to the natural environment when it reaches its limit.

Although the energy scarcity is a huge problem for sustainable development, tiny pili looks reliable to share part of the pressure on solving this crisis in the future.