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Triboelectric Generator Produces Electricity by Harnessing Friction Between Surfaces
July 9, 2012
Researchers have discovered yet another way to harvest small amounts of electricity from motion in the world around us--this time by capturing the electrical charge produced when two different kinds of plastic materials rub against one another.
Georgia Institute of Technology
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