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YUNNAN, CHINA — Scientists in China are producing solar panels that can produce energy from the last source you'd expect — rainwater. In a study published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, researchers in China introduced a new type of solar panel that adds a layer of graphene, or carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure, to dye-sensitized solar cells. A flexible layer of indium tin oxide and plastic is included underneath. Graphene has unusual properties that allow electrons to move freely throughout the entire layer. According to the researchers, rainwater contains positively charged ions like ammonium, calcium and sodium. When water binds to the panel's surface, a double-layer of positive ions and negatively charged electrons is created, which ends up producing a voltage and current. Tests of the new solar panels have been able to produce hundreds of microvolts, which is small even compared to a standard AA battery, reports Quartz. The solar-to-electric energy conversion stood at about 7 percent, which is much lower than the 20 percent energy conversion achieved by the best solar panels on the market. So there's a long way to go before the new solar panels become more widely used. But more efficient future versions could mean big things for the solar industry. ----------------------------------------­--------------------- Welcome to TomoNews, where we animate the most entertaining news on the internets. Come here for an animated look at viral headlines, US news, celebrity gossip, salacious scandals, dumb criminals and much more! Subscribe now for daily news animations that will knock your socks off. Visit our official website for all the latest, uncensored videos: http://us.tomonews.net Check out our Android app: http://bit.ly/1rddhCj Check out our iOS app: http://bit.ly/1gO3z1f Get top stories delivered to your inbox everyday: http://bit.ly/tomo-newsletter Stay connected with us here: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TomoNewsUS Twitter @tomonewsus http://www.twitter.com/TomoNewsUS Google+ http://plus.google.com/+TomoNewsUS/ Instagram @tomonewsus http://instagram.com/tomonewsus -~-~~-~~~-~~-~- Please watch: "Crying dog breaks the internet’s heart — but this sad dog story has a happy ending" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4prKTN9bYQc -~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
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ghz24 (3 months ago)
This is dead end tech, the graphene must be exposed to the elements and it sacrifices almost half it's efficiency for a minuscule amount of energy from the rain. It's a curiosity not breakthrough. I'd bet you'd get more electricity from a water wheel at the down spout.
Peg Dimarco (4 months ago)
With Avasva plans doing something like that was easy.
Shanta Hsieh (4 months ago)
I know more about diy from Avasva handbooks!
NANDAKISHOR M (5 months ago)
I had filed a patent for rain or shine hybrid solar panel
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Jim Martin (1 year ago)
Why not develop panels to line canals and pipes that have moving water to generate ekectrity none stop? The panels could supply vacuum spark gaps located away from a water source to increase the electrical frequency being generated and then wirelessly sent to energize a electrical grid.
dlwatib (1 year ago)
I would think that there would be more potential energy in the momentum of the falling raindrops. Why not add a layer that converts kinetic energy to electricity?
Michael O'Leary (1 year ago)
so basically making a battery but wouldn't that speed up the burnout
Laid_Ba ck_Cock (1 year ago)
AMAZING
Filip Zawadzki (1 year ago)
What do you think about using mirascope as panel, placing only small solar panel in the bottom of it and instead of upper oval mirror install one-way mirror (real one way transmission material can be achieved with use of quantum mechanics) ?
MaximusV MahaVeda (2 years ago)
Then make its generate power just from dust(on the cell, u know there a lot of dust here -..-')
hypostatis (2 years ago)
👍👍👍👍
David Arriaga (2 years ago)
The government will not allow this, too much money to be made fucking things up, just ask the medical industry
scott sileo (2 years ago)
SUN CRAZY! =D
Sarcasty Girl (2 years ago)
Can't talk shit about China when part of your future depends on them.
Sarcasty Girl (2 years ago)
+Ethan Clemons bye
Ethan Clemons (2 years ago)
+S0RR3LL sorry can't remember when we started this arguement. Was. Was it six years ago?
Sarcasty Girl (2 years ago)
+Ethan Clemons did I say that? I was only talking about Asia not the entire world.
Ethan Clemons (2 years ago)
+S0RR3LL so the rest if the world isn't?
Sarcasty Girl (2 years ago)
+Ethan Clemons even some who can't receive it are very smart. Asia is full of hidden intelligence. 
Thomas Taylor (2 years ago)
drill baby drill
Unknown Anonymous (2 years ago)
Wow I'm gonna buy 1!!! 5 years later * no electricity and no rain for a long time* why did I buy this thing 😑
Maya Khan (2 years ago)
Wow! thats great
Waldzwölfe (2 years ago)
So what is this? China wants to invent something to create a diversion from the Smog Problem? ;D
IamSnail (2 years ago)
like if this is helpful for future
rainopaino (2 years ago)
Like whore
Gunshot Gaming (2 years ago)
Solar means sun... So why is the WATER one still including the word "solar?"
Ahmed Mourad (1 year ago)
it is solar cell but they add a new layer in it to produce energy when the sun disappear and it is raining ...
bondt3 (2 years ago)
+Gunshot Gaming - Ikr. it should be called a Hydro-Solar panel instead.
Adam Davies (2 years ago)
Lmfao nice thinking mate
Hinz Zimmler (2 years ago)
They need to invent a device that helps you learn all styles of kung fu.
Idylchatter (1 year ago)
Hinz Zimmler brain?
rainopaino (2 years ago)
You mean the internet?
Hinz Zimmler (2 years ago)
Because once you know all the styles of martial arts u will have almost infinite amount of energy.
MrLockermanMY (2 years ago)
wow..... this should be implemented as soon as possible
bondt3 (2 years ago)
So... China has now produced something without stealing it and reverse engineering it? Wow i'm just shocked.
Katzelle3 (2 years ago)
There's a YouTube video made in June 2104 of a person called Robert Murray Smtih who showed this phenomenon. He personally called it the Salt Water And Graphene generator, or SWAG generator in short.
Mr Jay White (2 years ago)
+bondt3 not really true for the last 20+ years. american corporations came up with an idea now called "pre-patenting". a system in which they claim patent for a design or innovation they havnt and/or cant actually create yet, just so they can rape inventors in the courts when a way of creating the item is found somewhere.
bondt3 (2 years ago)
That may be so but America is not stealing the world over on other companies hard worked and well thought of tech and re-labeling as its own.
abdi1983 (2 years ago)
America got scientists from other countries example german scientists after the war.
June Marie Liddy (2 years ago)
very awesome thanks
Josslyn Hanson (2 years ago)
YAY!
Ty Sayahi (2 years ago)
59 Seconds ago last time I was so early my computers were ded!
Skater dudes (2 years ago)
First
otakukj (2 years ago)
First..... To dislike your retarded ass comment

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