Sustainable Energy Synthetics Salvage Power From The Elements
UK University devises revolutionary fibre can harness movement and sunshine to provide sustainable energy.
Smart materials which harness ambient energy from our environment are among the most exciting prospects of the coming decades. The hustle and bustle of human movement and the fury of the elements are two areas which may now be ripe for such energy harvesting.
Researchers at the University of Bolton have made a breakthrough in adding a flexible piezoelectric fibre to existing solar charging materials. The fibre makes use of the phenomena of piezoelectricity, whereby a voltage is generated by movement of, or impact upon, the fibre in question. By marrying this fibre with a solar charging material the scientists have created a material that can produce an electric charge from the wind, rain or sunshine.