Humans Soon to be Used as Battery Packs

nihalar By nihalar, 20th Mar 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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For those of you that have watched the film The Matrix, you’ll have seen the idea that the energy from humans can be used as a power source. This article shows you how a similar idea is about to take off for use in the Armed Forces.

Humans Soon to be Used as Battery Packs

Our forces are soon to get an overhaul… in the uniform department. Camouflage wear is all very practical, but experts would like to see soldier-wear working harder for its money. A new design in progress, hopes to harness the power of the sun.

In the UK, the Ministry of Defence is currently working on uniforms with photo voltaic cells stitched into the fabric, which can then be used to power equipment such as GPS, radio and weapons. That’s not all… The lightweight wearable system will capture solar energy during the day and also be able to capture and convert body heat into thermo electric power, when the sun is feeling shy. Included in the design is also a storage facility, which should ensure continuous functioning power of all that a good operative needs when out and about.
This new technology is incredibly clever as it weighs only half that of the previously cumbersome battery packs that soldiers have had to lug around. As it also captures body heat for use as energy, it makes our men much harder to spot on infared cameras or heat sensors.

It will be a great relief when soldiers face arduous climates, such as desserts or jungle. Carrying around a lot less weight will make life much easier when out in the field, not to mention the fact that if things do go wrong and there are problems getting back to base… you’ll have an unending supply of energy right there with you, to make sure that all your kit is fully operational, 24/7.
We owe our thanks for this technology to the University of Glasgow with Loughborough, Strathclyde, Leeds, Reading and Brunel Universities. This technology is expected to do much more than just giving our soldiers a taste of Sun power, though. There have been thoughts on using it in space, to power satellites and as a way to keep medicines and other perishables cool during transit in disaster areas or third world countries.
In a few years time, if the price of the technology is reduced, it is feasible to see humans walking around in their own battery pack clothing, powering their laptops, cell phones, GPS, iPod’s and any other equipment that requires energy. What’s even better is that this energy is clean and renewable energy – so hurry up guys!

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