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01 September 2004 @ 01:39 pm
If you use energy, you need to read this  
This is the Edison-level discovery: carbon nanotubes that generate electricity when exposed to moving gases [/.]. No moving parts, and the lifespan of the device is essentially indefinite. Currently, it is most in velocity sensors, but if we can find a way to combine it with wind and solar power, the potential for an alternate energy source is incredible.
Nightwalkerhalfawake on September 1st, 2004 11:51 am (UTC)
That's very cool, sounds like a potential source for alternative fuel. I hope it ends up being successful.
Doomutilitygeek on September 1st, 2004 12:32 pm (UTC)
Or weave it into seat pants! Imagine, trousers that charge your cell phone!

Electric Pants! Almost as good as No Pants!
Oυτιςerragal on September 1st, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
My god... why didn't anyone think of that earlier... That's a slap yourself in the head and say "duh... what was I thinking with all those turbines."

I'd like to see the efficiency specs... how much juice can they pull out? Are the wires robust enough for continuous use? Do they beat out turbine generators that are used in dams?

Hell anything that moves could have it built in as a generator... all your running electrics in your car driven from a carbon wire filter.

Oυτιςerragal on September 1st, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
Ok... so not enough juice out of everyday gases and liquids to make it worthwhile. Ionized liquids had the bigest results so that's hydrochloric acid.

Guess they're just good for batteries and nano-tech applications.

Still... a revolutionary approach to batteries? Whe was the last time we started really making better batteries?