Heat Retaining Nanowire Clothing

Heat Retaining Nanowire Clothing

So far the New Year has brought dropping temperatures and increased snowfall. This in turn is leading us to crank up our thermostats and pile on the layers. Heating buildings accounts for about one third of all greenhouse gas emissions. However, recent research published in the American Chemical Society Journal suggests we should consider heating people instead of places. Scientists are developing a nanowire coating for clothing so that we can focus on heating people directly.

If you haven’t been following us, developing technologies is a subject that is near and dear to ATS considering that we test for and remove outdated storage tanks and even developed our own tank testing equipment. Scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are constantly creating new technologies that make our daily lives easier, streamline difficult processes, improve the environment, and generally bring us closer as a global community. Every Thursday, ATS brings you a new “tech” that we think is worth learning about!

The nanowire coating will be a thin mesh material that can be worn over regular clothing. The coating will be designed both as a conductive material and to retain heat. The conductive element will allow an outside source of electricity to heat the clothing as well as the internal.

The prediction behind the development of this technology is that the application would allow users to retain their own body heat so that we would be able to decrease our mass energy consumption. While there is no current plan for production, the researchers estimate the clothing could save the average person 1000 kilowatt hours of energy per year. With ever increasing energy costs we would certainly be interested in learning more about this new technology.