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1. (WO2018161005) ENERGY GENERATION FROM FABRIC ELECTROCHEMISTRY
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Claims

What is claimed is:

1. An electrochemical fabric comprising:

one or more cells, wherein each cell comprises:

a fabric substrate; and

at least one pair of electrodes positioned on or within the fabric substrate, wherein the pair of electrodes comprise an anode and a cathode; and

an electrolyte, wherein the electrolyte causes a reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction between the anode and cathode that generates electrical energy.

2. The electrochemical fabric of Claim 1, wherein the electrolyte comprises moisture.

3. The electrochemical fabric of Claim 2, wherein the moisture comprises any conductive liquid including perspiration from a person wearing the electrochemical fabric, wound exudate, saline, and water.

4. The electrochemical fabric of any of Claims 1-3, wherein the electrochemical fabric comprises all or a portion of a garment intended to be worn by a person.

5. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-4, further comprising circuitry connected to the anode and cathode such that the generated electrical energy is used to at least partially power the circuitry.

6. The electrochemical fabric of claim 5, wherein the circuitry includes an energy storage device.

7. The electrochemical fabric of claim 6, wherein the energy storage device comprises a capacitor or a battery.

8. The electrochemical fabric of any of Claims 5-7, wherein the circuitry comprises a

sensor.

9. The electrochemical fabric of claim 8, wherein the sensor comprises a wireless sensor.

10. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 8 and 9, wherein the sensor comprises a batteryless wound sensor.

11. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-10, wherein the cathode is comprised of oxides of silver (Ag20) and the anode is comprised of zinc (Zn).

12. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-11, further comprising a plurality of cells, wherein the plurality of cells are connected using flexible connectors in electrical series to increase a voltage of the generated electrical energy.

13. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-12, further comprising a plurality of cells, wherein the plurality of cells are connected using flexible connectors in electrical parallel to increase a current of the generated electrical energy.

14. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 12 and 13, wherein each of the plurality of cells is separated from an adjoining cell by a hydrophobic barrier.

15. The electrochemical fabric of claim 14, wherein the hydrophobic barrier comprises one or more of hydrophobic sprays, lubricant impregnated surfaces, carbon nanotubes, and silicone.

16. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-15, wherein the fabric substrate is

comprised of material that is substantially electrically insulating when dry.

17. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-16, wherein the fabric substrate is

comprised of one or more of silk, cotton, polyester, hemp, bamboo, cellulose, and poly microfiber-based fabrics.

18. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-17, wherein at least one of the anode and the cathode are comprised of silver, silver chloride, silver compounds, gold, gold compounds, platinum, platinum compounds, or any other biocompatible electrically- conductive material.

19. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-18, wherein at least one of the anode and the cathode are printed on the fabric substrate.

20. The electrochemical fabric of claim 19, wherein the at least one of the anode and the cathode are printed on the fabric substrate using screen-printing techniques or are printed on the fabric substrate using a printer.

21. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-20, wherein at least one of the anode and the cathode are woven into the fabric substrate.

22. The electrochemical fabric of any of claims 1-21, wherein at least a portion of the

electrochemical fabric comprises a Procellera™ Antimicrobial Wound Dressing.

23. A method of electrical energy generation comprising:

wearing, by a person, a garment, wherein at least a portion of the garment comprises an electrochemical fabric, said electrochemical fabric comprising:

one or more cells, wherein each cell comprises:

a fabric substrate; and

at least one pair of electrodes positioned on or within the fabric substrate, wherein the pair of electrodes comprise an anode and a cathode; and

harvesting energy from the electrochemical fabric when an electrolyte causes a reduction-oxidation (redox) reaction between the anode and cathode that generates electrical energy.

24. The method of Claim 23, wherein the electrolyte comprises moisture.

25. The method of Claim 24, wherein the moisture comprises any conductive liquid

including perspiration from a person wearing the electrochemical fabric, wound exudate, saline, and water.

26. The method of any of Claims 23-25, wherein the electrochemical fabric comprises all or a portion of the garment intended to be worn by a person.