The Power of Rain


Alexa Estrada, Opinion Editor

In many impoverished communities, resources such as electricity, water, and other daily necessities are not available. What they do receive much of, though, is rain and solar energy. Electricity can be created through the use of solar power, and recently, scientists have discovered how to use rain to generate electricity. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong have created a device called a DEG, which uses a single droplet of water to generate up to 140 volts of electric power. Although it is a relatively new concept and invention, most scientists are looking for ways to spread the use of these devices, in consumers’ homes as well as at large corporate facilities. The device reduces the use of electrical power and helps our ecosystems thrive. We can all look forward to a day when this technology is affordable and easy to install.