Engineers have developed triboelectric nanogenerators that store static electricity from friction, which can be used to power small electronic devices.
Each of us remembers the school experiment with an ebony stick or how children’s hair is attracted to a balloon during the game. This phenomenon is called the triboelectric effect and has been known about it since ancient times. However, solutions for its use in real technologies have appeared recently, thanks to the development of nanotechnology…
A team of researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo studied the effect and worked to create these durable power systems for electronic devices. Using computer simulations and physics experiments, they developed triboelectric nanogenerators that can store and control static electricity…
According to scientists, the energy source can serve friction between fingers and smartphone screen, wrist and smartwatch, or even between shoes and road surface. Adding that in the long term it can become an alternative source of energy, reducing the need to use.
The ongoing research combines a range of disciplines including contact mechanics and solids, materials, and recent advances in electrical engineering and manufacturing. The test results have not yet been disclosed, since the project funding will last until 2020…
We also previously reported that scientists have made a breakthrough in the production of nanochips..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: click
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