Developing biological, living lighting systems to revolutionize the way we illuminate the world.

Currently, 15 percent of global electricity consumption is used for lighting, representing 1.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year. Moreover, light pollution affects more than 80 percent of Earth's inhabitants. Glowee reinvents light production with technology nature has already created to make lighting more sustainable and healthier for both humans and the environment. Having identified the genetic coding that creates bioluminescence, Glowee inserts this code into common, non-toxic, and non-pathogenic bacteria to produce clean, safe, synthetic bioluminescence. Once engineered and grown, the bacteria are encapsulated into a transparent shell, alongside a medium composed of the nutrients they need to live and make light. This lighting solution can indefinitely and exponentially grow with little infrastructure needed and does not require any extraction of natural resources. The smooth and natural light does not contribute aggressively to modern light pollution, and the bio-mass of these micro-organisms at end-of-life can be revalued as bio-plastics, bio-fuels, and bio-vitamins. Glowee is also working on combining more properties like carbon dioxide capture and water remediation, to turn the waste in waste-water into the fuel for this abundant, clean light.


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Évry, Île-de-France, France


Sandra REY

Sandra REY (Founder and CEO at Glowee) has been an Unreasonable Fellow since November 2017 and most recently participated in Unreasonable Impact UK 2017.

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