Back To The Future Like Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothes Are Coming

Posted: Nov 15 2016, 9:42am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Back to the Future Like Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothes are Coming
The proof-of-concept shows that the filaments could be laced throughout jackets or other outwear to harvest and store energy to power phones, personal health sensors and other tech gadgets. It's an advancement that overcomes the main shortcoming of solar cells: the energy they produce must flow into the power grid or be stored in a battery that limits their portability. Credit: UCF
  • Finally Solar Nanotechnology Garments are here like in the Movie “Back to the Future”

It looks like finally solar nanotechnology garments are here like they were seen in the movie “Back to the Future”.

Marty McFly appeared in Back to the Future, a movie of the late 80s that showed his sneakers undergoing the tying of the shoelaces on their own.

This sort of miracle clothing inspired a scientist to make filaments that are solar-powered in nature and and could be woven into pieces of clothing that are then stitched together. This revolutionary methodology would easily convert all sorts of clothing into solar-powered batteries.

This technology could come in handy one fine day in the future. Soldiers fighting a war will not need to carry batteries around with them. Their clothing will be sufficient.

Also a teenager who is hooked on texting using his smartphone will simply slip it into his pocket instead of searching for an electric socket.

The movie “Back to the Future” was the basic impetus behind the invention of this solar-powered clothing based on nanotechnology. The very fact that the movie came out in 1989 and today in 2016, the fantasy garments shown in it have become a reality is cause for celebration.

The research concerning this invention was published recently in the academic journal Nature Communications.

The scientist responsible for this novel invention has already left quite an impact on the scientific world. He received an award for inventing a cable that not only allows energy to flow through it but can also store it like a battery.

Also he is working on semi-transparent solar cells that will find their application in ordinary household and office windows. The newest of his inventions builds on this pre-existing base of knowledge and expertise. It was basically a combination of energy storage contraptions and solar cells.

Wearable devices have by now become commonplace objects. So this was a starting point in the experimental research effort spearheaded by this scientist. Filaments in the shape of copper ribbons are used.

They have a solar cell on one side and an energy-storing layer on the other. After the nanotechnology part was over, an ordinary loom was used to interweave the various strands of solar-cell ribbons.

Even jackets could be made of this sort of fabric. The USA’s military ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan which are not about to end soon may be an area where this technology comes to be employed on an intensive basis.

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