Motion as energy alternative: Triboelectric Generators Capture Wasted Power

A professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Zhong Lin Wang is using what’s technically known as the triboelectric effect to create surprising amounts of electric power by rubbing or touching two different materials together.

He believes the discovery can provide a new way to power mobile devices such as sensors and smartphones by capturing the otherwise wasted mechanical energy from such sources as walking, the wind blowing, vibration, ocean waves or even cars driving by.

Reuters' Ben Gruber reports - VIDEO