Scientists Design Flexible Textile Battery That Might Power Wearables – ZMR News Blog

Scientists Design Flexible Textile Battery That Might Power Wearables


Researchers have designed a highly flexible, thin textile lithium battery that can securely fuel wearable electronics employed in smart clothes, healthcare monitoring, and IoT (Internet of Things). The lightweight Textile Lithium Battery, designed at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University by scientists, has high excellent flexibility and energy density.

The battery, which is not more than 0.5 mm thick, has fast discharging/charging ability, and also has a lengthy cycle life compared to normal lithium batteries.

“Global market income for wearable devices is predicted to increase by bounds and leaps, of more than 20% each year, to cross USD 100 Billion by the end of 2024,” said lead of the research team, Zheng Zijian, to the media in an interview.

“As all wearable devices will need wearable energy supply, our new tech in fabricating Textile Lithium Battery provides potential solution to a huge series of next-gen applications, varying from infotainment, healthcare, aerospace, sports, IoT, and fashion to any tracking or sensing uses that might even exceed our imagination now,” claimed Zijian.

On a related note, so as to keep worldwide temperature increase less than 1.5 Degrees Celsius, we will require to depend on electric vehicles (EV), renewable energy, and battery storage. But making that infrastructure will radically elevate our requirement for metals such as lithium and cobalt. A report launched earlier cautions that an increase in requirement for those and other metals can drain the reserves of the planet and result in dire environmental and social consequences.

The situation is particularly urgent for the battery and EV sectors, as per the scientists from the Institute for Sustainable Futures. Those sectors are the major drivers of requirement for cobalt, with every EV needing almost 5–10 Kilograms of the metal for its Li-ion batteries. Almost 60% of cobalt arrives from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has already been blamed with performing child labor in its mines.

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