Another technology breakthrough just made the news. It is another one of those technologies you have to read the article two or three times to make sure you got it right. Near mid-August, ScienceDaily.com published a release by Washington University in St. Louis. Their release stated, "Red bricks -- some of the world's cheapest and most familiar building materials -- can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research." They went on and divulged their 'proof-of-concept' that demonstrated a green LED being lighted by the energy stored in the brick. They also wrote, "In this work, we have developed a coating of the conducting polymer PEDOT, which is comprised of nanofibers that penetrate the inner porous network of a brick; a polymer coating remains trapped in a brick and serves as an ion sponge that stores and conducts electricity," D'Arcy said. Another important aspect of the brick/battery, it can charge to 3 volts in 10 seconds. Talk about emerging technologies that alter our existing mental models – this is one of the tops. Do you think that type of creativity can be the product of a course? If you haven’t already taken a moment, please complete my poll.
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The article also said that when you connect 50 bricks of the treated bricks, it would enable emergency lighting for five hours. Ok, so I did a bit of digging and found the typical number of bricks on the average house would be around 1,850 individual bricks. Using their data that means those emergency lights could be powered for over 180 hours. Please keep in mind this technology is in its very early stages of development. As it moves from the lab into commercial products, the efficiency will likely increase. This is another one of those emerging technologies that will be a bit disruptive. Think about how this could impact the construction industry - more brick structures and all the efforts to retrofit existing brick structures.