A universal single electrode droplet-based electricity generator (SE-DEG) for water kinetic energy harvesting

Nan Zhang, Haojie Gu, Keyu Lu, Shimeng Ye, Wanghuai Xu, Huanxi Zheng, Yuxin Song, Chaoran Liu, Jiwei Jiao, Zuankai Wang, Xiaofeng Zhou

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Harvesting water kinetic energy is a prospective way to obtain sustainable power. However, conventional water energy harvesting technologies are restricted by specific operating locations and fabrication materials. These techniques urgently need to be improved and supplemented with new methods. Here, we report a novel and universal single electrode droplet-based electricity generator (SE-DEG) that allows converting water droplet kinetic energy into electricity power on any surfaces of artificial or natural materials such as PTFE, glass, wood, aloe, cicada wing, stone and etc. This functionality is endowed by a special configuration characterized by the location of the electrode on the top of dielectric material rather than underlying as in the conventional triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG). Such special configuration can effectively harness the triboelectric charges generated without going through the electrostatic induction process between bottom electrode and the surface in the case of TENG. We envision that SE-DEGs represent a new dimension in ability to harvest abundant hydrodynamic energy everywhere.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105735
JournalNano Energy
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Droplet-based electricity generator
  • Energy harvesting
  • Liquid-solid interface
  • Single electrode
  • Water kinetic energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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