Fiber Nanogenerators Put the Power in Power Walking
Truly amazing advances are being made in nanotechnology and electrical energy generation, one of which is highlighted in a
Renewable Energy World article by John Toon.
Researchers led by Zhong Lin Wang at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Materials Science and Technology, are developing power fibers that can be used to manufacture shirts and other clothing that can convert energy released during physical motion into electrical energy capable of powering small electronic devices in the field. Applications are widespread and extend beyond soldiers and other military personnel using such power generating clothing to scientists, engineers and other researchers, as well as everyday people eventually wearing them to sustain our ever expanding reliance and fascination with portable electronic devices.
Moreover, the concept applies to all types of physical motion, not just human movement. Fiber-based nanogenerators — made of fibers coated with cultured zinc oxide nanowires - may be used to generate low voltage electric current from wind, sound or other forms of mechanical energy.