Towards a universal generator powered by static electricity?

WIND BREATH. Generating cheap electricity from a simple body movement, a breath of wind or a faucet? This could become a reality thanks to a prototype generator using static electricity unveiled by Chinese researchers on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

The operation of this generator is based on “triboelectricity”, the electricity generated by the friction of two materials, which allows, for example, an electrically charged ball to stick to a wall after being rubbed against a wool sweater.

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