Yes Virginia, it is possible — (and there is a Santa Claus )
Scientists from The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair hooked up 1000 Brussels sprouts to create a low wattage battery to light up a Christmas tree.
This is the world’s first Christmas tree lit by Brussels sprouts. So how did they do it? Excerpt:
Essentially the battery works like electrolysis. Copper and Zinc electrodes are placed in each Brussels sprout to create a chemical reaction between the electrodes using the acid in the sprout – generating a current which can be stored and used to power the LEDs on the tree.
Sean Miles (Director of Prototyping at Windsor-based Designworks, which made the installation) explained, in theory, any fruit or vegetable could be used to power the lights, but sprouts are actually the least efficient.
So using sprouts was even more impressive. You can read more about their project at www.dailymail.co.uk.
Maybe this science project will give Brussels sprouts haters a reason to like the vegetable. See, they aren’t so horrible.