Powering E-Textiles Webinar
The 60 minute webinar was hosted by Prof Steve Beeby and Dr Russel Torah from the University of Southampton on May 28th 2020.
Supplying electrical power to e-textiles is currently a technical bottleneck in the majority of applications. Relying on conventional, rigid batteries is incompatible with the feel of a fabric and typical application requirements such as laundering. This webinar introduces technologies that are being developed to integrate power supplies within the textile itself offering the potential for fully integrated, flexible e-textile systems. The webinar covers both energy storage (textile batteries and supercapacitors) and energy harvesting power supplies that convert ambient energy into electrical power.
Recording from Powering E-Textiles Webinar (please note, due to a technical issue the first two slides have not been recorded):
Prof Steve Beeby: Steve obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton, UK, in 1998 and has since been awarded two prestigious EPSRC Research Fellowships. He is currently Head of the Smart Electronic Materials and Systems research group. His research interests include e-textiles, energy harvesting, MEMS and active printed materials development. He founded the E-Textiles Network and has over 300 publications and an h-Index of 50 with >15,000 citations. He is a co-founder of Perpetuum Ltd, a University spin-out based upon vibration energy harvesting formed in 2004.
Dr Russel Torah: Russel Torah graduated with a BEng (hons) in Electronic Engineering and an MSc in Instrumentation and Transducers, both from the University of Southampton. In 2004 Russel obtained a PhD in Electronics from the University of Southampton. Since 2005 he has been a full-time researcher at the University of Southampton where he is currently a Principal Research Fellow. In 2011 Dr Torah co-founded Smart Fabric Inks Ltd specialising in printed smart fabrics. His research interests are currently focused on smart fabric development but he also has extensive knowledge of energy harvesting, sensors and transducers. Dr Torah has 145 publications, an h-index of 28 and 2 patents.