Scientists have created a device that generates electricity from falling snow

Scientists have created a device that generates electricity from falling snow

Researchers have created a device that turns snow into electricity | Your Morning

Researchers have developed the first device of its kind, which creates electricity from falling snow. It’s inexpensive, compact, thin and flexible like a sheet of plastic.

Scientists at the University of California call their invention the snow triboelectric nanogenerator. Principle his work based on static electricity generation.

Passing through the atmosphere, the snow is charged, and at contact with an oppositely charged device, consisting of silicone, carbon, hydrogen and other elements, transfers electrons to it.

Although the snow enough easily discharges charge, but performance depends on efficiency basic nanogenerator material. IN quality Basics scientists tested aluminum foil and Teflon, but silicone was the best others available alternatives.

The device can work in remote areas as it does not need a battery. It also is an autonomous weather station and can determine the amount of snowfall, its direction, as well as the strength and speed of the wind.

Scientists have created a device that generates electricity from falling snow

By words inventors, about 30% of the Earth’s surface every winter covered snow. IN this is time solar panels often fail or show much worse performance. Integration of triboelectric nanogenerator with solar panel can improve efficiency and ensure power continuity.

Device also can use in athletes wearable sensors, for determining the model of their movement. Insofar as all components of the nanogenerator are widely used in production, then it has a low cost and can be 3D printed

Recall that recently scholars created a battery that charges from moisture in the air

text: Ilya Bauer, a photo: unsplash

Scientists have created a device that generates electricity from falling snow

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