Silicon Implants: Clean Energy Generators of the Near Future

February 1, 2010 / No Comments

energy generating silicon implants Silicon Implants: Clean Energy Generators of the Near Future

Weird as it may sound, engineers at the Princeton University have found a way to harvest power from Silicone Implants. Simple body movements like walking could help generate power. Researchers say the bio compatibility of silicone has already been proven with cosmetic implants, which makes us think of some bouncy power generators and the hazards of putting in a power plug there to charge a mobile phone.

These silicone rubber sheets transformed into piezoelectric materials can however, be worn outside the body, or implanted inside. Using a combination of silicone and nanoribbons made of lead zirconate titanate (PZT), these sheets can convert an impressive 80% of the mechanical energy into electric energy.

There are a number of applications these silicon rubber sheets could work on. Shoes or dresses that could power gadgets, or implants inside the body that could power pacemakers are among the few uses these may be put to.

Source: Popsci