Ricoh invents tremendous-environment friendly energy-producing rubber
No, this isn’t a picture of a scrumptious Fruit Roll-Up, it is truly a singular new versatile materials from Ricoh that can create electrical energy from strain and vibration. Dubbed “Power-Producing Rubber,” this piezoelectric mat combines the perfect options of present ceramic and polymeric supplies; excessive power output and adaptability, respectively. The truth is, this new rubber produces simply as a lot energy as ceramic does whereas surpassing the pliability of polymeric supplies, based on Ricoh. What’s extra, it’s extra simply produced than both present type of piezoelectric.
Sadly, that is nearly every thing Ricoh has revealed concerning the new materials up to now. The corporate hopes to additional develop the know-how right into a commercially viable product some level sooner or later. As such, it’s teaming with the Tokyo College of Science to additional enhance the fabric’s productive capabilities.