Nanotech T-shirt offers storage to wear

In the future, energy storage could be as important as style when shopping for clothes.

In the future, energy storage could be as important as style when shopping for clothes. Photo credit: Oxfordian World

What’s the best place to store electricity? Many solutions are being suggested, from household fuel cell energy storage units to your electric vehicle’s lithium-ion battery. But a fascinating article in Nanowerk explores the idea that we’ll one day be powering our wearable electronics with electricity generated and stored in the clothes on our back.

Nanotechnology will make wearable energy storage a reality, claim researchers from Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics in China, who suggest that a garment’s thread could in fact be the platform for enormously long super capacitors with a cable-like architecture.

If this idea goes beyond today’s promising lab-based research and into production, we may all need to consider wattage along with style and size when we shop for our apparel.

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