Sunday, May 22, 2022

Static Generators Could Solve Wave Power Riddle


A team of researchers has shown that static electricity generators could potentially hold the key to unlocking the ability to harness the power of waves for electricity generation.

Currently, the main issue faced by science is the fact that waves dissipate their energy in three directions and are unpredictable. Coupling those factors with seawater’s corrosive and hostile nature and generating power from a seemingly unending power source becomes a challenge.

Currently, the world uses 23,000 terawatt-hours of electricity per year, and waves alone can produce a whopping 32,000 terawatt-hours of natural energy per year, which would meet the demands of the entire planet and some.

The team demonstrated that using triboelectric nanogenerators, or TENGs, they could convert the motion and rhythm of the waves into electricity.

The groundbreaking work was presented at an American Institute of Physics online conference by researchers from the University of Porto in Portugal.

You can learn more about it here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!