Berkeley Lab Scientists Generate Electricity From Viruses

Scientists at the United States Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to generate power by using viruses to convert mechanical energy into electricity. The team demonstrated their approach by creating a generator that can produce enough current to operate a small liquid-crystal display. The operator taps a finger on an electrode coated with specially engineered, but harmless, viruses. The viruses then convert the force of the tap into an electric charge.

Source: Berkeley Lab, May 13, 2012

The paper,Virus-based piezoelectric energy generation,” appeared as an advance online publication on Nature Nanotechnology’s website on May 13.




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