Power plants could benefit from charged water drops, study says

10/3/2013 | Christian Science Monitor, The

Droplets that leap from a water-repelling surface pick up a charge and could one day make power plants run more efficiently, according to a report published in Nature Communications. "The concept of jumping droplets is not new, and we have been working on it and publishing papers for a while now," said MIT postdoctoral associate Nenad Miljkovic, the study's co-author. "However, none of the previous studies (including ours) had any idea that the droplets were charged." The researchers say that by coating condensers with a superhydrophobe, a substance that repels water, the charged droplets will bounce away more quickly, speeding up power plant production.

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