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Web Date: January 3, 2018

Spinning yarn for a wash-and-wear energy harvester

The yarn can be woven into textiles that scavenge energy from motion to charge wearable devices
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Energy storage, triboelectric effect, triboelectricity, textiles, cloth, fabric, energy harvesting, wearable electronics, nanogenerator

To Georgia Tech’s Zhong Lin Wang, even tossing and turning in bed is a possible source of renewable energy. Wang’s group has made energy-harvesting yarns—primarily composed of common garment materials like polyester, cotton, silk, and wool—that can be woven into brightly colored, washable, power-generating textiles (ACS Nano 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b07534). Sewn into socks, sweaters, and other clothes, the fabrics can harvest enough energy . . .

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