- A group of researchers has invented a device that helps with the generation of electricity from the air
- The device, known as Air-Gen, works when water in the air reacts with microscopic conducive filaments
- The team of scientists is from the University of Massachusetts Amherst
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A team of scientists has successfully invented a device that generates electricity from the air with the help of microbes.
The device, described as an air-powered generator, or Air-Gen, functions when water in the air reacts with tiny conductive filaments.
These filaments are produced by a microbe which creates an electric charge, vice.com reports.
YEN.com.gh understands that the technology is still in its primary stages but there are hopes it could be used as a source of sustainable energy for electronic devices.
According to the researchers, who are all from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, it is simply a case of making electricity out of thin air.
They added that the Air-Gen creates clean energy and it results from the application of protein nanowires.
The nanowires, they explained, are tiny strings of proteins, around a billionth of a meter, which carry electrical charges.
The Air-Gen, which has successfully been used to light small LED bulbs, produces a sustained voltage of about 0.5 volts for about 20 hours before self-recharging.
In other news, the local shoe industry in Kenya, Enda, faces a challenge even when the country is reputed to be the best when it comes to producing runners.
Kenya’s first performance athletic shoe company, Enda, opened up about several hurdles in an attempt to convince investors to support it.
In a bid to create a significant manufacturing hub, Kenyan Navalayo Osembo and British-American Weldon Kennedy co-founded Enda in 2016.
Per a report by qz.com, the plan was to build a high-quality product for export and eventually, direct attention to the country.
Enda, was compelled to demonstrate proof of concept, and a potential export market before investors expressed willingness to open their wallets.
Its aim to raise about $500,000 to build a world-class team, develop and test its running shoe prototypes and order high-quality material fell on the rocks.
An attempt to reach out to about 150 investors and venture capital firms led to unexpected challenges.
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