A triboelectric generator includes a first contact charging member, a second contact charging member and an electrical load. The first contact charging member has a contact side and an opposite back side. The first contact charging member includes a material that has a first rating on a triboelectric series and also has a conductive aspect. The second contact charging member has a second rating on the triboelectric series, different from the first rating, and is configured to come into contact with the first contact layer and go out of contact with the first contact layer. The electrical load electrically is coupled to the first contact charging member and to a common voltage so that current will flow through the load after the second contact charging member comes into contact with the first contact charging member and then goes out of contact with the first contact charging member.
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST
 This invention was made with government support under agreement No. DE-FG02-07ER46394, awarded by the Department of Energy, and under agreement No. CMMI-0946418, awarded by the National Science Foundation. The government has certain rights in the invention.