A team of scientists is one step closer to creating solar panels that can generate energy when it rains, changing the entire dynamic of solar energy.
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Electricity from rain? A team of scientists has created solar panels that can harness and produce energy even if it’s raining.
The researchers from the Ocean University of China in Qingdao wanted to use a chemical reaction to separate salt from rainwater through graphene sheets. The principle, according to Ochen, lies in the fact that raindrops themselves are not made of pure power. Rather, they have salts that have positive and negative ions.
The positively charged ions bind to the layer of graphene and form a double layer called a pseudocapacitor. It will bond between the already-present electrons in the graphene and…