Engineers at Stanford University create a technology that can make normal clothing store 3 times more energy than a cell phone battery.
Move over windmills, engineers at Stanford University have found a new way of producing energy. What the engineers did was add to ordinary fabrics and paper was coat them in ink laced with microscopic tubes ( single-walled carbon nanotubes) of carbon. When you put these nano tubs onto lets say cotton, you are going to be surprised at to how much energy was stored. You are probably thinking that you are going to have to walk like a robot in order not to hard the technology on your clothes, well no, your can move just like if the technology was not on your clothes.
Even though the project is still in its early stages, if all goes well and we see this technology on us soon, it is sure going to come in handy since we are going to have some extra juice for our phones and iPod Touch’s right on our clothes. This is obviously not good news for portable chargers since people are going to rather wear the extra juice instead of it taking up space in their purses or pockets, not mattering how small it is. Bad news for them but good news for us but lets just hope that when it comes out that the price is reasonable.
Why is this technology better? Well, because the tubes use electrostatic storage, and that is more efficient than the chemicals that normal batteries use.
Dr Yi Cui, one of the engineers involed in the project, said that a cloth that weighs the same amount as an average T-Shirt can store up to three times more energy than a mobile phone battery.