The quest for the perfect alternative energy source continues, as scientists seek to find the most efficient way to power the planet. Plants may be the latest answer. Engineers have found a way to use trees as an inspiration for artificially generating hydraulics for power.
The team was inspired to experiment with water pumping while working on a project that used hydraulics to power robots. When they decided to expand from smaller robots to larger ones, they needed a natural way to pump a great deal of water quickly and realized that trees perform this action on a regular basis.