Harvesting Electricity from Raindrops

Harvesting Raindrops

With the cost of solar panels plunging by 90% over the past decade, there has been tremendous growth in both demand and supply of solar panels and systems. However, power output is still a problem during the night, and on days with rain.

Scientists from Soochow University have found a way of producing static energy from the raindrops falling on the solar panels. This enables them to produce electricity during rainy days, and even at night – as long as it’s raining!

It’s a hybrid technology that makes use of the kinetic energy of water. Although exciting, this technology still doesn’t complement solar as much as wind power.

Wind power works even better in the rain and since there is more wind; the same principle applies at night and during the winter.

Wind & solar is like a match made in heaven.

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