Smart fabric uses sun and movement to generate electricity

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We’ve seen bacteria used to power shape-changing garments, high-fashion solar wearables and wirelessly charging trousers. Now researchers have developed a fabric that could enable users to generate electricity from two sources via their clothing. The team at Georgia Tech has developed a fabric that can self-generate power using both solar and kinetic energy. Long, wire-like polymer solar cells are infused into woolen fibers and triboletic nanogenerators used to convert static electricity (created when the fibers move across one another) into stored energy. This technique has allowed the researchers to create a lightweight fabric that can be used to power wearables…

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