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University of Massachusetts Amherst Ventures are helping commercialise research that creates electricity from air.

Electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley have created a device they call an “Air-gen.” or air-powered generator, which uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in air.

The Air-gen does not require sunlight or wind, and “it even works indoors”, able to generate power even in areas of low humidity such as a desert. Better yet, the technology developed in Yao’s lab is non-polluting, renewable and low-cost.

Although early in their commercialisation journey, this looks well worth watching.

https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/new-green-technology-umass-amherst

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