Scientists have made a remarkable discovery that allows them to generate power from the air we breathe. Using a small device, they can harness the humidity in the air and convert it into electricity. The breakthrough was published in the journal Advanced Materials by researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The device consists of two electrodes and a thin layer of material with extremely tiny holes. As water molecules pass through these holes from an upper chamber to a lower chamber, they create an electric charge imbalance between the chambers, similar to how a battery operates. This process resembles how clouds generate electricity, resulting in lightning bolts.
The device, which can be made from various substances, currently produces a small amount of electricity, equivalent to a fraction of a volt. However, the scientists believe that with further development, it has the potential to become a practical and sustainable source of power.
The researchers envision their invention as a man-made cloud, utilizing the abundant humidity that covers the Earth. They see it as a vast and clean energy source that can be harnessed to meet our power needs. This discovery is just the beginning, and scientists are optimistic about exploring its full potential in the future.