Sept. 16, Nature World News: Clothes that doubles as a power source? A new type of fabric that could harvest energy makes this possible in the foreseeable future. Best of all, scientists made sure this new renewable energy resource is completely eco-friendly; it produces power through solar and motion energy.
The study, published in Nature, was undertaken by a team of researchers from Georgia Institute Technology. A report from the Georgia Tech News Center revealed that the scientists simply used a commercial textile machine to create the fabric. They wove together solar cells made from lightweight polymer fibers with fiber-based triboelectric nanogenerators, which is able to generate some electricity through movement.