Researchers from across several organizations have come together to find a simple way for solar plants to harness the power of both the sun and rain.
According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), the researchers published a report in ACS Nano about a hybrid solar cell that can generate power from raindrops.
ACS said that previous research sought to make a hybrid solar cell by adding a pseudocapacitor, or triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), to an existing solar cell to make energy from the motion of raindrops. Those devices, ACS said, are complicated to manufacture and are bulky.
New research, however, improves on that system.
According to ACS, the researchers imprinted two polymers with grooves by placing them