Energy Consumption & Wearable Energy Devices June 17 2015, 0 Comments
The line graph above provides a look at the trends in the total primary energy consumption per person per year in the United States from 1980 - 2011. For those who are curious, it's calculated by dividing the annual data on the total primary energy consumption in quadrillion British thermal units by the population in millions (U.S. Energy Information Administration).
The point of this discussions is not to explore theories about the reasons for the changes in energy consumption, but rather explore how we will meet our energy demands of the future. All, or at least most people, will agree that our demand for energy will remain constant for as long as humans exist. The question is where will our energy come from in the future? Are there current trends with wearable energy devices that offer a glimpse into this future energy world?
It's exciting to see the collision between fashion and tech occurring as a means to solve energy problems. Energy harvesting technology, such as solar and thermoelectric, have been around for quite some time. However, what's different now are the recent advances in the technology that offer more practical solutions for wearable energy applications.
We believe that wearable energy devices will be just one of many methods by which we'll power our future world. And when you think of it, isn't it ironic that we all have an endless supply of ambient energy available to each of us every day yet we struggle with keeping our mobile devices powered?