Researchers Develop Technology to Transmit and Store Electricity in Cables

A team of researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a way to transmit and store electricity in electrical cables. Previously, only electrical cables have been able to transmit electricity and not store it.

The team created this new technology starting with a single copper wire that was sheathed in nanowhiskers that were treated with a special alloy, creating an electrode. A second electrode was needed for energy storage and was created by adding a thin plastic sheet around the nanowhiskers and wrapping it around the wire with a metal sheath. What the team created was a supercapacitor around the outside of the copper wire.

Read more about the potential applications of this new technique and how it could be used to power electronic devices through clothing.