Monday, September 13, 2010

charge your electronics by walking / breathing ...

Professor Michael C. McAlpine
Biomechanical Energy Harvesting
The development of a method for integrating highly efficient energy conversion materials onto stretchable, biocompatible rubbers could yield breakthroughs in implantable or wearable energy harvesting systems. Piezoelectric nanomaterials represent a particularly interesting class of smart materials due to their highly efficient electromechanical coupling. Printing piezoelectric nanomaterials onto flexible rubber and plastic substrates has enabled the development of highly efficient energy conversion hybrids, which could result in energy scavengers for converting breathing and walking into portable power.

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