New Delhi: Soon, a device that runs on a few drops of water could revolutionise the way electricity is generated, thanks to a team of scientists at Delhi’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL). Researchers have developed a novel way of producing electricity from water at room temperature without using any power or chemicals. The device named, Hydroelectric Cell, generates electricity using nothing except a few drops of water, reports ANI.
Chief Scientist Dr R. K. Kotnala and his research partner Dr Jyoti Shah of NPL have demonstrated that this panel can generate up to about a quarter ampere current at a little less than one volt. They used Nanoporous Magnesium Ferrite to split the water into Hydronium (H3O) and Hydroxide (OH) ions spontaneously, silver and zinc as electrodes to make a cell that produces electricity. The hydroelectric cell that uses magnesium ferrite of 1 sq. inch size produces 8 mA current and 0.98 volt.
The was paper published in the International Journal of Energy Research.