It’s been just revealed that experts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein in order to create electricity from moisture in the air.
This is a new technology that they say could have important implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change, and also the future of medicine.
Science Daily reveals that the latest reports from Nature say that the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovely at UMass Amherst have created a device they call an “Air-gen.”
This is an air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter.
This reportedly connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in a way in which the electrical current is generated from the water vapor that’s naturally present in the atmosphere.
Making electricity out of thin air
“We are literally making electricity out of thin air,” according to Yao. “The Air-gen generates clean energy 24/7.”
Lovely has been known for advancing the sustainable biology-based electronic materials over three decades. He added that “It’s the most amazing and exciting application of protein nanowires yet.”
This revolutionizing technology developed in Yao’s lab is non-polluting, renewable and low-cost.
This is able to generate power even in areas with really low humidity such as the Sahara Desert.
Massive advantages over other forms of renewable energy
The advantages over other forms of renewable energy are undisputable, and these include solar and wind. Unlike these, Lovely said that the Air-gen doesn’t require sunlight or wind, and it’s also working indoors as well.
The device reportedly needs only a thin film of protein nanowires less than 10 microns thick, according to the latest explanations coming from the experts.
You can check out the complete explanation of who this works in the official notes.
It’s also important to note that the device can only power small electronics for now, but Yao says, “The ultimate goal is to make large-scale systems. For example, the technology might be incorporated into wall paint that could help power your home.”