Utilizing graphene, a thin one-atom thick layer of carbon has interesting applications it can be applied in, and it turns out can be producing energy.  Chinese scientist have studied the energy potential of graphene and found that the salts and minerals present in rain interact with the graphene’s electrons produces electricity.  This is an emerging technology currently with an efficiency of 6.5% versus 22% for solar panels, but stayed tuned, this can be a game-changer.

New graphene solar panels turn rain into clean energy

View Slideshow Solar power has the potential to generate about 40 percent of America’s energy, yet the technology still has limitations. One is weather. Clouds and rain diminish solar cell efficiency, a problem for places that are more overcast than sunny. But new research could change that.