- 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
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.
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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