Scientists have developed a new device that can generate electricity from falling snow. Called a snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator, or snow TENG, the first of its kind device is small, thin and flexible. It is also quite inexpensive to produce and very practical.
“The device can work in remote areas because it provides its own power and does not need batteries,” said senior author Richard Kaner, who holds UCLA’s Dr. Myung Ki Hong Endowed Chair in Materials Innovation.
“It’s a very clever device — a weather station that can tell you how much snow is falling, the direction the snow is falling, and the direction and speed of the wind.”