Tag: hygroelectricity

It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity: Electricity From Air

By Eric Wolff | August 30, 2010 4:00 am

Who needs Mr. Fusion if you can draw energy straight out of the air? A team of scientists from the University of Campinas in Brazil worked out a way to draw charge from  air in high humidity, going some distance to explaining the origins of lightning, and offering the promise  of renewable power for San Francisco and New England, where humidity is abundant and sunshine, not so much.

The study authors, Telma R. D. Ducati, Luis H. Simoes and Fernando Galembeck, found that tubes of aluminum, stainless steel, or chromium acquired electric charge in high relative humidity, and that the charge rose as the humidity went up.

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