Scientists create device that generates electricity from shadows

  • Wednesday 08, July 2020 09:25 AM
Sharjah 24 - Reuters: A new technology developed by scientists at the National University of Singapore is literally harnessing energy from the shadows to generate electricity.
It's called the shadow-effect generator.

Scientists at the National University of Singapore have developed a new technology that harnesses energy from shadows and converts it into electricity.

The team's lead, Dr. Swee Ching Tan says, "So as we all know, solar panels need to be based in open areas, they cannot be based in places where light has been obstructed or where shadows are being cast. So our shadow-effect generator comes in handy. It can be based in those areas to harvest obstructed light, for example."

The device is similar to a silicon solar panel cell.

But instead of extracting energy from light, the technology relies on voltage differences between illuminated and obstructed parts of the object to generate energy.