Yep, you read that right, hygroelectricity. If you type that anywhere, it will try to correct you with hydroelectricity. Even the all-knowing Google machine insists that all my searches for “hygroelectric” are wrong and offer “hydroelectric” as what I should have typed.
But no, hygroelectricity is a real word that has real life implications for regions with high humidity. Check it out:
But scientists are now developing a different approach to using the electricity in our atmosphere as a renewable energy source: pulling energy right out of thin air! OK, not thin air, but humid air. Contrary to earlier beliefs, the tiny water droplets in our atmosphere hold an electrical charge— a shocking development!
In addition, scientists working on this project theorize that putting hydroelectric panels in areas that experience a lot of thunderstorms could take enough charge out of the air to avoid damage from lightening.
Pretty cool to say the least. If you do a Google New Archive search for “Hygroelectricity”, results will only go back to August 19, 2010 with this article as one of the first to bring attention to this potential power source.
Hopefully further information and research will come along soon.