Transforming Motion into Power Using Liquid Metal

A research team at NC State University is working on the challenge of using liquid metals to convert mechanical motion into electricity.

“Mechanical energy—such as the kinetic energy of wind, waves, body movement, and vibrations from motors—is abundant,” says corresponding author Michael Dickey , professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at North Carolina State University. “We have created a device that can turn this type of mechanical motion into electricity. And one of its remarkable attributes is that it works perfectly well underwater.”