A new material creates clean electricity from the air around it

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 13:13 in Physics & Chemistry

Ambient air's water molecules can be harvested to generate clean electricity at a nanoscale level. Derek Lovley/Ella Maru Studio Researchers recently constructed a material capable of generating near constant electricity from just the ambient air around it—thus possibly laying the groundwork for a new, virtually unlimited source of sustainable, renewable energy. In doing so, and building upon their past innovations, they now claim almost any surface could potentially be turned into a generator via replicating the electrical properties of storm clouds… but trypophobes beware. According to a new study published today with Advanced Materials, engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have demonstrated a novel “air generator” (Air-gen) film that relies on microscopic holes smaller than 100 nanometers across—less than a thousandth the width of a single human hair. The holes’ incredibly...

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