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Cost-efficient smart textiles that can
be laser printed could enable realtime storage of renewable energies for
e-textiles. Photo: RMIT University.

hat if you could create a smart fabric in just minutes-one that can store energy?
Scientists at RMIT University in Australia have developed the technology to
make this possible. They've developed a laser-printing process to rapidly fabricate textiles
that are embedded with energy storage devices. The textiles could be used for a variety
of health and safety purposes, including monitoring someone's vital signs, tracking the
location and health status of soldiers in the field or monitoring drivers for fatigue.
In tests, the researchers demonstrated that they can produce a four-inch by four-inch
patch in just three minutes that is waterproof, stretchable and integrated with a graphene
supercapacitor. These long-lasting energy storage devices can be combined with solar or
other power sources and laser-printed directly onto textiles. The devices also overcome
the drawbacks of existing e-textile energy storage technologies, including the necessity
of stitching batteries into the garments, or using e-fibers that can be cumbersome and
also have capacity issues.
During testing, the graphene-based device remained stable and efficient in mechanical,
temperature and washability tests. For more information, visit www.rmit.edu.au.

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