Researchers have developed a paint capable of producing electricity by capturing the sun’s rays and ambient humidity.
Painting your house to generate electricity is the good idea that a group of Australian researchers from the University of Melbourne had. After the photovoltaic panels, the latter have developed a substance based on synthetic molybdenum sulfate. Not only does this chemical compound have the particularity of being able to serve as a semiconductor, but it is also able to absorb the rays of the sun and the humidity contained in the ambient air to produce electricity.
In concrete terms, this revolutionary painting (yet already mentioned for several years in the scientific press) could make it possible to make a home more ecologically responsible, by powering its household appliances for example. It would thus suffice to paint the exterior surface of the dwellings to start producing solar energy. Small news, however, scientists now believe that any surface could work. A supermarket, a lamppost and even a car, for example, could thus take advantage of this coating to become (at least partially) energy-independent.
The only notable problem for the moment is that the study report does not specify the electrical efficiency that such a device could generate. As often with renewable energies, solar is an unstable source for which it is difficult to make forecasts. Still, with the acceleration of global warming, the idea of a paint capable of producing electricity sounds like an increasingly interesting prospect.
As a reminder, this is not the first time that researchers have imagined a paint capable of boosting the eco-sustainability of a surface. A few months ago, we were already talking about the success of a roof covering capable of cooling buildings by several degrees by reflecting the sun’s rays. A technology used in particular by NASA, but which also seems to be proving itself on Earth.