Scientists Generate Electricity From Thin Air

Scientists Generate Electricity

Yes, not by the wind turbines but by the thin air around us. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have worked out a way to generate electricity from thin air.

The researchers have used a natural protein to create electricity from humidity and moisture present in the air. This invention can potentially put a brake on climate change by burning fewer fossil fuels and provide relief to our climate.

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The air-powered generator or the ‘Air-gen’ contains tiny electrically conductive wires called protein nanowire. The generator connects electrodes to the nanowires which means electricity is generated from water vapour in our atmosphere.

We are literally making electricity out of thin air, the Air-gen generates clean energy 24/7. The ultimate goal is to make large-scale systems. For example, the technology might be incorporated into wall paint that could help power your home. Or, we may develop stand-alone air-powered generators that supply electricity off the grid. Once we get to an industrial scale for wire production, I fully expect that we can make large systems that will make a major contribution to sustainable energy production

Jun Yao, Electrical Engineer

This new technology is clean, renewable and cost-effective. The scientists claim that it can generate power even in areas with extremely low humidity and has advantages over solar and wind energy as it does not require sunlight or wind.

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