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Published 10 October 2023

Something in the air

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have introduced a significant development: the ability to continually generate electricity from the air.

This achievement, known as the "generic Air-gen effect," offers potential for a future where electricity is efficiently generated simply by tapping into air humidity.  Jun Yao, an assistant professor at UMass Amherst says it addresses a substantial drawback of renewable energy sources—intermittency. Unlike other technologies that are location and time-dependent, Air-gen is continuous, achieving true ubiquitous powering.

Powering IOT sensors and animal wearables is still an issue and may have hindered the predicted explosion of uptake. Could we see other new power harvesting technology help bridge this gap?