In conditions when winters are getting colder, it becomes necessary to create clothes based on new technologies that retain heat. Researchers at Stanford University have contributed. They have created nanofilaments, with the help of which clothing retains the heat of the human body much better.
Scientists have managed to create a lightweight, breathable material that is in no way inferior to traditional wool fabrics, but unlike them, it retains heat much better. Since the developed nanowires are a conductive material, it became possible to heat clothes using a power source, while effectively storing the resulting heat.
According to the researchers' calculations, thermal textiles will save up to 1000 kWh per person annually, which corresponds to the monthly electricity consumption of an average metropolitan resident.
The new technology may well be used in the creation of building materials, which could significantly reduce the dependence on traditional energy sources by saving heat.
Already now, about half of all energy consumed on Earth comes from heating residential and public buildings. In addition, its growing consumption has a negative impact on the environment, which is most clearly manifested in the growing greenhouse effect.