Using stress to produce electricity? Really what are the odds!
Chances are, if you are reading this, you are applauding science. Why? Because adult life has turned us all into powerhouses. You know it is adult life when practically everything blows in your face. From passing a compliment to your favorite person who doesn’t respond back on time, to finding out that your car has decided to complete its trial period, everything screams stress at us. Thanks to science, at least now we are good for something. Imagine having a mental breakdown in the bathroom and then realizing you somehow also charged your phone. The time to plan the next breakdown may be near the electric generator. If you are a college student, you could maybe start selling electricity!
But as lame as the science goes, the word ‘stress’ here is not biological stress. It is not that compulsive feeling to stab someone because they make your life miserable. It is not that feeling when you want to break the bones of the professor who said that after 10th grade, life will become a lot easier. No matter how much we wish it was, it simply isn’t. Just when you thought you were good for something…
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The nerds of physics are referring to ‘stress’ as the physical strain on any object. What a way to blow it away! Here we were thinking of powering up entire powerhouses because of our superpower of getting anxious and crying like a little baby anytime. But nope….here stress means pressure on any physical object.
Now that our bubble is busted, we can actually know what this stress means. There is a technology called piezoelectric technology, which converts pressure into electricity. It isn’t really a big thing if you have been following the world of tech for quite some time. Piezoelectric cells have been around for quite some time. Just before you start building another castle in the air, you should know that the voltage of cells is really low. Merely a hundred of them might be able to charge your phone but that’s just it. Also, you cannot literally hammer a piezoelectric surface and expect it to work. You need special equipment to that. Adult life dude! Nothing is easier than it looks!
For now, the headline, “Stress generating electricity” continues to confuse people all around the world. Just like it confused you right now. But it is ok. Life is the name of disappointments, and you just had another surprise, wasn’t it?