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static electricity through a phenomenon known as triboelectricity (or the triboelectric effect)

Triboelectric Effect... This phenomenon creates significant amounts of electric power by simply rubbing or touching two different materials together. According to the inventor of this phenomenon, this discovery will offer a new way to power mobile devices by capturing the mechanical energy from walking vibration, passing cars or any multitude of sources.This phenomenon works in the following way:

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Researchers are using something called the triboelectric effect to create surprising amounts of electric power by touching two different materials together. This can provide a new way to power mobile devices such as smartphones by capturing the otherwise wasted energy from sources like walking, the wind blowing, vibration, or ocean waves. Beyond generating power, the technology could also provide a new self-powered sensor, allowing detection of vibrations, water leaks – or even rain…

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Taking advantage of the triboelectric effect, Professor Zhong Lin Wang and his team at Georgia Tech are harvesting wasted power with nanogenerators that capture mechanical #energy from sources ranging from walking to ocean waves. The #technology is also used in a new type of self-powered sensor capable of detecting very minute vibrations. [VIDEO] #physics

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