23 Feb '12, 2pm

Nanotechnology Converts Heat to Power With Fabric

Nanotechnology Converts Heat to Power With Fabric

Materialscience /CC BY-SA 3.0 Carbon nanotube bundles What if by merely sitting in your car, or by wearing a particular jacket, you could generate power? Or maybe by insulating your pipes, you could fill a battery every time you run the hot water? That's the potential held by a new nanotechnology that can generate electricity from the surrounding heat. The Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials at Wake Forest University is behind the research, and has developed a material called Power Felt, a fabric-like device that can convert body heat into an electrical current. Made of carbon nanotubes held within plastic fibers, the material has the same look and feel of felt, a material well known for keeping in the heat. However, this felt will do something far more interesting with it. When held close to a warm body, it can take temperature differences and create a charg...

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