The multi-energy harvesting fibre is based on hybrid technology that incorporates both piezoelectric and photovoltaic technology, flexible and durable enough to be utilised outdoors for collecting and subsequently converting sun, rain and wind into energy suitable for power regeneration.
It is also based on clean technology that raw materials can be recycled and reused thus contributing to cleaner and sustainable environment. It was developed by Professor Elias Siores and his interdisciplinary Research and Development team with funding from the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC) and Chemistry Innovation.
The internationally patented technology spun out of the suitable processing technologies used to make the fibre, the three dimensional structures produced and the electronic circuitry needed to drive storage or on-line capabilities. Such a generic innovation could find an immense spectrum of applications, limited only by imagination.