Posted On:3/19/2011 5:27pm
UK Military developing solar-powered army uniforms that generate electricity
Scientists across the United Kingdom are working on a solar-powered kit that could lighten the load of soldiers—and, more important, increase their mobility—by up to 50 percent. Developed by the University of Glasgow with Loughborough, Strathclyde, Leeds, Reading, and Brunel Universities, and funded by both the Ministry of Defense and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the new uniform will comprise photovoltaic cells to harness the sun’s energy, as well as thermoelectric devices that turn temperature differentials into electricity (see: Seebeck Effect).
Apparently "The U.K. project is the first to marry thermoelectric devices with solar cells to generate power without interruption, 24/7."
Pretty cool, I'm hoping this can done for the masses for regular consumption at a affordable rate sooner, rather than later
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