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+ - Static electricity nanogenerator converts friction into battery charging power->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at Georgia Tech have been developing an alternative method of harnessing energy from our movement that relies on static electricity and friction. A system has been developed whereby two layers of differing materials can be brought into contact and produce enough energy through friction to power lights or even charge a cell phone battery. One of those layers is made from polyethylene terephthalate plastic. The other is a sheet of metal. Both surfaces have a nanoscale structure printed on them to increase their surface area and therefore the energy generation potential. It is thought a 5cm2 patch could produce enough energy to charge a cell phone battery. And the movement required? Anything from simply breathing through a brisk walk or a session at the gym."
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