The current tech is limiting the widespread of clean energy which is a passion nowadays. On the other hand, wind power energy and the hydro energy is harder for an average person to use, although the solar energy is accessible it still can be expensive to set up for the average person.
Well, even if the price is not an issue for solar panels, even then they can produce and remain active after the constant solar energy. Although that is fine in long days of summer.
The winter is coming, the Starks say, and when winter arrives those solar panels can be a little more than overpriced to the roof decoration in some areas of the United States because of short days of the season and even a light dusting of snow can be an obstacle for a solar panel to produce the electricity. Fortunately, an unusual solution might be on the way to us, work on snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator is being done by a research team at the University of California, Los Angeles. That’s a big name but researchers named it as snow TENG.
What snow TENG does?
it generates the power energy from the snowfall because the snow is positively charged and the experts found out that they could make snow TENG out of a positively charged material to create static power electricity after the snow makes contact with it.
Maher El-Kady – a researcher at UCLA explained in a statement that
While snow likes to give up electrons, the performance of the device depends on the efficiency of the other material at extracting these electrons.After testing a large number of materials including aluminum foils and Teflon, we found that silicone produces more charge than any other material.
Moreover, the generator does not need its own source of power and is exceptionally affordable to create. El-Kady added that the snow TENG could be implemented into existing solar panel arrays, effectively giving areas with both strong winter and summer seasons year-round green energy.
It is clear that snow TENG would be a great alternative to the wind, solar and hydro-based power energies. But it’s still in the early development phase and it not clear how much time it takes to be an efficient source.
Mid image courtesy Getty via Gizmodo
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