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Rainwater: A Powerful New Alternative

Georgie Chantrell-Plant learns more about the latest sustainable innovation for generating electricity.

Photo by Aleksandr Slobodianyk

Good news for sustainable innovation with research published in Nature suggesting that it could soon be possible to generate electricity from rainwater.

The concerns of climate change and it's impact on our planet is a motivator for many in creating new sustainable alternatives to our current fossil fuel dependency.

A research study has been published on the recent developments in this latest scientific venture, co-authored by Xiao Cheng Zeng and Zuankai Wang, heralding from City University of Hong Kong and The University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggests there may be new way.

Innovating The Impossible

Something which seemed near to impossible to achieve like creating electricity from the rain, is getting closer and closer to a breakthrough. The newly discovered method of harnessing electricity from rainwater could in fact generate enough power to light 100 small LED bulbs with a single raindrop, a prospect that is leaps and bounds ahead of any other previous attempts.

"Our research shows that a drop of 100 microlitres of water released from a height of 15 centimetres [5.9 inches] can generate a voltage of over 140V, and the power generated can light up 100 small LED lights," claims Wang, a biomedical engineer.