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Wearable Revolution: Researchers Develop Fabric-based Stretchable Battery

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Published on : Jan 22, 2018

Wearable technology is among the fields that are currently being harnessed furiously and innovations are now starting to bear fruits. A team of researchers at the Binghamton University in the State University of New York have created bio-battery that is completely textile-based and is powered by bacteria, making it entirely bio-based too. If the aspirations of the researchers meet desired goals, these batteries may be a boon for the companies operating in the wearable electronics industry.

The newly developed batteries are capable of generating electricity with stability and ooze from power similar to that produced by paper-based microbial fuel cells. The batteries have already been tested under twisting cycles and repeated stretching. According to Professor Seokheun Choi, these power devices can ideally meet the requirement of various types of wearable that are currently under development to collect real-time information.

In comparison to currently available traditional batteries as well as other enzymatic fuel cells, these microbial fuel cells have the potential to be the most suitable power source as microbial cells can be fueled with the sweat generated from the human body, providing for long-term operational efficiency. The study insists that a human body contains more bacterial cells than human cells, which can be a power resource interdependently.

The researchers have realized the pressing need for flexible electronics and these batteries can perform reliably even when used on complex substrates and even curvilinear shapes, such as moving body parts.

The study has already gained support by the National Science Foundation and the Binghamton University Research Foundation.