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Friday, 3 December 2010

Solar piezzo-electric fibre developed to create clean energy

Source: Clean Technica

A new piezzo-electric fibre has been developed by scientists at the University of Bolton which can harvest energy from the wind, rain, sun and also, it seems, human body movements. The material has a variety of potential uses, for example self-charging casings for laptops and its further development is being conducted with the aid of researchers in China over a three year period. Piezzo-electricity is created when small crystalline structures are subjected to pressure and therefore they can create energy from vibrations. The University of Bolton scientists have discovered a way in which piezzo-electric material, normally fairly rigid, can be woven into a flexible structure, making it more adaptable for a wide variety of potential applications.

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