A new virus based battery that is currently under development could soon find it way into the uniforms and ballistic vests of the US Military.
The new virus batteries are based on new cathodes made from an iron-fluoride material and can be sprayed or poured into containers of any size and shape. The virus, named M13 bacteriophage, is made up of an outer coat of protein surrounding an inner core of genes.
‘We’re talking about fabrics that also are batteries,’ MIT’s Dr Mark Allen said. ‘The batteries, once woven into clothing, could provide power for a range of high-tech devices, including handheld radios, GPS devices and personal digital assistants.’
As well as being very lightweight and flexible the new batteries are environmental friendly to manufacture and builds on previous work by MIT scientist Angela Belcher and her colleagues.
The new technology is still under development but it might not be long before we see the new fabric batteries available for civilian clothing.
Via TG Daily