Monday, October 20, 2003

The Register:: Water Makes Electricity

The Register: "Canadian scientists have discovered how to generate electricity - by nothing more than pushing water through a fine glass tube.

As water passes through the tube, tiny amounts of glass - itself a supercooled liquid - 'dissolve' into the water. That gives the surface of the tube a positive charge, which attracts negative ions in the water. The flow of the water carries the positive ions onward, resulting in a net difference in charge between the two ends of the tube. That difference amounts to a voltage of around 10V. "

Between the water and the insects, we should have a pretty stable power source for small devices in the next decade or so.

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