Special fabric converts human movements into electricity

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

A further development of this topic was a special material operating 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 that includes silver and polydimethyloxane, an organic material based on silicon and an array of zinc oxide nanorods.

Fragments of tissue in the process of human movements move relative to each other, generating and storing the received energy. This process is called the triboelectric effect, somewhat reminiscent of the formation of static electricity generated when combing hair.

The working potential of such a fabric is more than 12, 000 cycles. The resulting energy will be enough to power LEDs, LCDs, automotive electronic key fobs, as well as some biomedical devices.