A special fabric transforms a person’s movement into electricity

Clothing as a power source

Thanks to modern technologies, a new type of thermoelectric or piezoelectric clothes was created, with the help of which it became possible to provide electric power to individual mobile devices.

A further development of this topic was a special material, working on the principle of a triboelectric nanogenerator. The material was developed by an international team of scientists from Korea and Australia. It has a complex multilayer structure, including silver and polydimethyloxane – an organic material based on silicon and an array of nanorods made of zinc oxide.

Fragments of tissue in the process of human movements move relative to each other, generating and preserving the resulting energy. This process is called the triboelectric effect, somewhat reminiscent of the process of formation of static electricity, formed during combing of hair.

Clothing as a power source

The working potential of such a tissue is more than 12000 cycles. The resulting energy will be enough to power LEDs, liquid crystal displays, automotive electronic key fobs, as well as some biomedical devices.

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