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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Researchers generate electricity with viruses

The scientists tested their approach by creating a generator that produces enough current to operate a small liquid-crystal display. It works by tapping a finger on a postage stamp-sized electrode coated with specially engineered viruses. The viruses convert the force of the tap into an electric charge.
Piezoelectric


Their generator is the first to produce electricity by harnessing the piezoelectric properties of a biological material.


The viruses are harmless - built to 'harness' physical stress in an object to gnenerate electricity

Power Produced 
Power Produced


The amount of power this prototype generates isn't very much- it's only about one-quarter of what comes out of this AAA battery


uses 

* In the future, they could be used to power everything from portable electronics like phones - powered by footsteps.

Virus
Lighting systems, powered by similar panels inside doors