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The Scientific Future of Artificial Grass


A team of students from China’s Jiaotong University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a way to create power for houses without the need to place solar panels on the roof of houses. Instead they have designed an artificial grass which would be placed on the roof which can generate electricity from wind power. The artificial grass would come in long strips which then would be placed on the roofs of houses, much less subtle than a big shiny solar panel. Each blade of the grass has two sides with different materials on either side. On one side, the blade is covered in nanowires, whilst on the other it is coated in indium tin oxide. When these two different materials contact each other an electrical charge is created by passing electrons. This process is called the triboelectric effect and could in theory create the energy needed to power a household.

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