SECDEF unveils $317 million deal for high-tech textiles at MIT

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    SECDEF unveils $317 million deal for high-tech textiles at MIT

    Andrew Tilghman, Military Times12:03 a.m. EDT April 1, 2016

    BOSTON -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Friday will announce a new $317 million initiative to develop high-tech fibers and textiles that could eventually store battery power, advanced computer circuitry and health sensors in troops’ clothing.

    The Defense Department will help fund a consortium led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to research and manufacture advanced materials with broad applications for national defense, Pentagon officials said.

    More at: http://www.militarytimes.com/story/...million-deal-high-tech-textiles-mit/82498656/
     
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    Finally a solution to carrying around big heavy batteries, but will all uniforms have this battery capability in the future? Maybe it can hold enough power to power smaller GPS or bio information devices that read the soldiers health?
     
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    Scientists at the Fudan University in Shanghai, China, have developed a high-performance Li-ion battery made of carbon nanotube fiber yarns. Roughly one 1 mm in diameter, the fiber shaped lithium-ion batteries are reported lightweight enough to create weavable and wearable textile batteries that could power various devices. The researchers say that the yarn is capable of delivering nearly 71 mAh/g of power, and can also be woven into existing textiles to create novel electronic fabrics.

    http://www.gizmag.com/weavable-li-ion-fiber-battery-yarn/32332/

    Wearable textile battery can be recharged by sunlight

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    A research team in Korea has now developed wearable textile batteries that can be integrated with flexible solar cells and thus be recharged by solar energy.Reporting their work in the October 28, 2013 online edition of Nano Letters ("Wearable Textile Battery Rechargeable by Solar Energy"), the team demonstrates a fully functional wearable textile battery by finding unconventional materials for all of the key battery components and integrating them systemically: Nickel-coated polyester yarn as a current collector for efficient stress release, polyurethane binder for strong adhesion of active materials, and polyurethane separator with superior mechanical, electrochemical, and thermal properties.

    Read more: Wearable textile battery can be recharged by sunlight

    http://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=33143.php


    There are a lot of uses for this technology but I think it will be most useful for smaller electronics; tracking devices, health indicators, environmental monitors etc.

    Intelligence services can use this technology as well, it will be easier to hide listening devices on agents and for hiding bugs inside of other objects.
     
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