This Fabric Turns Solar and Wind Energy into Electricity

By: Joey Haar - Sep 21, 2016
References: nature & arstechnica
Techniques for creating sustainable energy are increasingly common as concerns about climate change continue to escalate, but scientists have developed an energy-generating fabric that puts a sustainable energy source in an unlikely place: in people's clothing. The new technology comes from a team of researchers at China's National Natural Science Foundation and it is able to generate electricity through solar energy and wind energy.

The sustainable energy-generating fabric merges two lightweight polymer fibers, one that's a microcable solar cell and another that acts as a nanogenerator for converting mechanical energy into electricity (as would need to happen for generating wind power.)

Far from being just a theoretical fabric, the Chinese researchers were able to charge a cell phone and power an electronic watch with just a small swatch of the fabric.