I don't believe it will work on online the free energy. There should at least be included a traditional chemical battery. If they should find a solution like the one they are suggesting, I think they will receive many and many prices. The troubles about energy is one of the biggest research objects in some research areas. Everybody understands that there will be a need for new energy sources. If it could come from free energy it would be wonderful.
Why can't I believe it will work? There is already done some research on body heat. But it doesn't work in warm temperatures, because it used the temperature difference to charge. If the outside temperature equals the body temperature, you can't charge. The same is already done by the usage of solar energy, like the new watches of casio. They also need a rechargeable battery for the darker periods. This is already wonderful, but it is only a small device that already get in trouble when it isn't exposed to light after some days...
This would be fantastic, and I think they should start building them in to AID existing power sources but I don't think it would be possible to power an entire phone for example from just free environmental power sources, it's pushing it a bit.
For something like a watch, this would be possible; they use minuscule amounts of power, but most personal electronic devices use far more power than is readily available.
The way it will work will be simple:
You have a traditional lithium battery, or a NiCad battery, hooked to some sort of a generator that draws energy from body heat, motion, etc.
We are a LOOOONG way away from having this sort of thing widespread. They already make auto-recharging watches that use your body motion to move a piston, recharging the onboard battery. Computers and phones use so much current, it will be awhile before they run on "free energy"
I don't think it's probable. How many hours a day can I then run my laptop? 1 hour, and then I have to hold it all day for it to charge up? I enjoy sticking my laptop on the ac>>dc charger.
I hope the devices too will be further modified and upgraded so that it consumes least required electricity such as LCDs require far less than CRT monitors, CFL requiers 5 times less than normal bulbs.
Who knows what will happen tomorrow!
Exactly! It is all about efficiency and modern technology redefining itself.
I'd give it 10-20 years before cell phones have the option to charge using ambient sources.
Great find! If this research becomes successful, it will really be amazing!