|11 April 2016|

China

Chinese scientists are pioneering a new solar panel capable of generating energy from raindrops.

Researchers in the country have developed a solar cell coated with graphene which converts the rain into energy – a revolutionary innovation.

While energy is still generated from the sun, on rainy days the cell is able to keep on working thanks to the electron-enriched graphene, which reacts with ions in the rain.

The all-weather panel technology only currently converts a small percentage of available energy, compared to other solar panels, but if this can be improved its potential is huge.