Big leap in bioluminescence research

Bioluminescence will be the next step in lighting technology.

More than a million years ago, in the African Wonderwerk Cave, the first controlled flame burned. Since then, on the path of evolution and through technology development, humanity has illuminated darkness in a more modern way. From torches, oil lamps, to light bulbs, energy saving fluorescent lamps and super-efficient OLED lighting panels.

Today we are at the dawn of a new era – a bioluminescent one.

After six years of study, researchers in the Chinese branch of Empyreal Dynamics in Guangzhou have managed to tame the power lying dormant in biological light sources.

By using salt crystals as the catalyst and bioluminescent nanoparticles as the “fuel”, we have created a light source that does not need to be plugged into an external power source. After mixing up, chemicals generate about 45 lumens of light for at least 97 minutes

– says Dr. Jianyua Chen, research manager.

Salt crystal

Salt crystal (Sodium is blue and chloride is green)

Work on the commercial use of bioluminescent lighting is ongoing, but Dr. Chen assures that within the next five years the efficiency of this type of fluorescent lamp will increase at least four times.

Potential uses of this solution could be illuminating areas of the world without constant access to electricity, creating portable light generators for outside use and military applications, and to creating more traditional, portable lighting components for civilian use.

We have only taken the first step, but we already see that the possibilities are enormous

– says Dr. Chen.