Researchers at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao have developed an all-weather solar cell that generates power from the sun and the rain! Solar energy panels hold the promise for an eternal energy future. But when it rains or clouds over, the power output of the panel drops considerably. Poor weather limits solar panel efficiencies and brings up their cost when compared to burning traditional fossil fuels for power. But a new invention from researchers in Qingdao, China is in favor of the rain and solar panels: the new invention takes the power of raindrops to generate more energy from the panel. The Chinese researchers have applied a thin layer of graphene on the solar cells. Graphene is a newly discovered, and highly conductive low-cost material that can generate power from electric ions in the rain as raindrops move along the solar panel surface. This new invention shows us that it’s not always the best plan to dwell on the sunny side of the street!
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- Ocean University of China in Qingdao