Sustainable energy generation solutions such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric have long presented enticing alternatives to fossil fuels. However, several factors, including the intermittent nature of these sources and their dependence on specific geographic conditions, have hindered their widespread adoption and effectiveness.
Recently, however, researchers from the University of Massachusetts have reported a recent breakthrough wherein the team was able to, for the first time, harness one of the most abundant renewable resources, the air. Penn Today met with the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s James Pikul to discuss the mechanisms and implications of this promising new technology.
James Pikul is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Penn.