Scientists create device that generates electricity using air

Scientists create device that generates electricity using air

- A group of researchers has invented a device that helps with the generation of electricity from the air

- The device, known as Air-Gen, works when water in the air reacts with microscopic conducive filaments

- The team of scientists is from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

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A team of scientists has successfully invented a device that generates electricity from the air with the help of microbes.

The device, described as an air-powered generator, or Air-Gen, functions when water in the air reacts with tiny conductive filaments.

These filaments are produced by a microbe which creates an electric charge, vice.com reports.

Scientists create device that generate electricity from the air (Photo)

Source: vice.com
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Briefly.co.za understands that the technology is still in its primary stages but there are hopes it could be used as a source of sustainable energy for electronic devices.

According to the researchers, who are all from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it is simply a case of making electricity out of thin air.

They added that the Air-Gen creates clean energy and it results from the application of protein nanowires.

The nanowires, they explained, are tiny strings of proteins, around a billionth of a meter, which carry electrical charges.

The Air-Gen, which has successfully been used to light small LED bulbs, produces a sustained voltage of about 0.5 volts for about 20 hours before self-recharging.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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