As per, experts at British startup Bactery use soil-based bacteria that can produce green energy that can later be used for various applications. The soil-rechargeable batteries could be implemented virtually everywhere and provide power at any given time during the day.

The company's founders hope that these solutions will enable farmers to have more productive yields, while reducing the impact they have on the planet through their activity. How does this work? Carbon-based electrodes are placed in soil and connected to an external circuit, enabling certain microorganisms to generate power as they consume nutrients.

The system can also be connected to energy storage systems, so that the generated power can be used at a later time.

Dr Jakub Dziegielowski, who participated in the development of the solution, said that "this know-how enabled us to engineer solutions that stimulate and control selective processes in the ground, allowing us to maximize energy extraction and sustain continuous electricity generation for years."

Over the next 12 months, the company will look to perfect this technology, hoping to get it to scale production by 2026.

Professor Mirella Di Lorenzo, one of Bactery’s directors and a teacher of chemical engineering at the University of Bath, said that “I am excited to see the company make a positive difference in agriculture, and in other sectors."

Bacteria soil-powered batteries can last up to 25 years with no maintenance and they could have a cost per unit of 30 USD.