Paint an energy harvester
Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne are working to make paint an energy harvester.
From Curbed.com comes the word that the paint takes in water vapor much like humidity-absorbing packets of silica gel, but goes even further.
The new material (synthetic molybdenum-sulphide) also acts as a semiconductor and water-splitting catalyst, meaning that it takes water molecules and separates them into oxygen and hydrogen, which becomes a clean fuel source.
Not quite there yet
The paint isn't quite ready for the market as there are still some things to work out in the way of harvesting the energy, but researchers are saying in the next couple years this will be a source of clean energy for us.