From eco-dancefloors to ocean waves: Wherever there is movement, there is energy.
According to Wang, tribo-electric technology may eventually provide the means to generate much larger amounts of electricity from a broader range of sources including waves, walking, urban traffic and even, potentially, rainfall. Wang’s team has developed a prototype generator which, they say, solves many of the challenges of turning random, sometimes unpredictable movement into usable power.
Their prototype comprises a disc about 10 centimetres (four inches) across, designed to show the potential from a small, portable generator moved by ambient energy. Inside are two circular sheets of material, one an electron “donor” and the other an electron “receiver,” brought together through rotary movement. If the sheets are separated, one then holds an electrical charge isolated by the gap between them.
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