Do the math

BBC NEWS | Technology | Nanowires allow ‘power dressing’:

Experiments with the prototypes showed that two 1cm-long fibres could generate a current of four nanoamperes and an output voltage of about four millivolts.

Wow. A whole 16 picowatts.

“If we can optimise the design we can get up to 80 milliwatts per square metre of fabric – that could potentially power an iPod.”

Perhaps in the form of sails…

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