The innovative Snow TENG nanogenerator can generate electricity from contact with snow.
Developed by a team from UCLA, the snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator features a layer of silicon attached to an electrode. The silicon is negatively charged, and so when the positively charged snow makes contact with the silicon’s surface, a charge is created that can be harvested by the device. The Snow TENG can only create tiny amounts of electricity, but it could be used to power small weather sensors in remote areas, or even placed on the bottom of skis or boots to access winter athletic performance.
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