It is the name – electric eel. If you randomly ask someone to name an animal that “generates” electricity, bet your bottom Dollar that he or she will say “eel”. However, thanks to convergent evolution, electric eels are not the only ones “electric” in the animal kingdom.
- Researchers have found certain types of microbes, dwelling near hydrothermal vents, that produce electrical current as a byproduct of their feeding on the chemicals that are being spewed. Researchers discovered that the more you feed the microbes, the greater electrical current they produce. But, it is not just their feeding habits that render these microbes electric. As they usually live on conducting minerals in the hydrothermal vents, the microbes are able to move electrons across the metallic surface of their home to produce a current.
- The nose of an Elephant-nose Fish is not actually a nose, but a sensitive extension of the mouth used for self-defense, communication, navigation, and finding food. This organ is covered in electroreceptors, as is much of the rest of its body. The Elephant-nose Fish has visual challenges and, thus, uses a mild electric field, generated by muscular contractions, to find food, to navigate in dark or murky waters, or to find a mate.
- As eels are closer in classification to catfish, it is not strange that another member of the catfish family has a similar trait. Can you believe that an electric catfish can generate enough electricity to power a computer for an hour? It uses this adaptation to stun its prey.
“Electric” as they are, these animals may one day in the future be able help the cause of energy security. Don’t you think that powering an electrical device for an hour is a good start? But, as science still finds a way to harness the “electrifying” traits of these animals, there exist sources of energy that are already proven reliable and sustainable. Rental power plants are technologies specifically engineered to support existing conventional electricity sources and nascent renewable energy generation facilities. Mobile gensets are economically and logistically beneficial sources that are capable of supplying the required amount of power as needed, when needed, where needed and how needed. Interim power stations are scalable technologies that can supply electricity from 20 MW to 200 MW, or tailored according to specific customer requirements. They are modular and pre-fabricated, making them easy to transport from any place on Earth to another, at any time. They are infused with cutting-edge innovations, allowing them to switch from island mode to grid mode to stand-by mode in just a push of a button.
With the way technology is making things possible these days, using "electric" animals as energy sources is no longer far from reality. What is important is that there should always be a balance among conceivable electrical power sources, so resources don’t dry up and ecological and environmental balance is maintained.
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