Scientists claim to draw electricity from water droplets
Technology today is expanding rapidly for which it needs power. From smart phones to space runs, we need electricity to power them all. Experts across the globe have been trying to generate electricity in new ways. There have been efforts to generate electricity from rain even
Vibration from water droplets hitting piezoelectric material can generate electricity. These are material that can generate power under stress. Energy conversion this way was not efficient
But researchers from the University of Hong Kong claim they have a solution: A droplet-based electricity generator (DEG) along with a field-effect transistor (FET). It has high energy-conversion efficiency and power density. And can generate 140 volts — enough to light up 100 small light-emitting diodes briefly. The FET has aluminium and indium tin oxide electrodes with PTFE coating. PTFE — Polytetrafluoroethylene — allows electrodes in a closed-loop to generate uninterrupted power. DEGs can be used wherever the liquid is in contact with something solid — From rooftops to umbrellas, the researchers said.