Energy harvesting devices in the form of fibres could soon be woven into lightweight, strong textiles for integration with structural composites, reports the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
In research undertaken by Max Shtein and Kevin Pipe of the University of Michigan, and Peter Peumans of Stanford University, the focus was on developing novel energy harvesting devices that can be integrated with loadbearing structures in an air vehicle, such as an unmanned aerial vehicle.
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