A small scale electrical generator includes an elongated substrate and a first piezoelectric fine wire. The first piezoelectric fine wire is disposed along a surface of the substrate. The first piezoelectric fine wire has a first end and a spaced-apart second end. A first conductive contact secures the first end of the fine wire to a first portion of the substrate and a second conductive contact secures the second end of the fine wire to a second portion of the substrate. A fabric made of interwoven strands that includes fibers from which piezoelectric nanowires extend radially therefrom and conductive nanostructures extend therefrom is configured to generate electricity.
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This invention was made with support from the U.S. government under grant number DE-FG02-07ER46394, awarded by the Department of Energy and grant number DMR-9733160, awarded by the National Science Foundation and grant number DMS-0706436, awarded by the National Science Foundation and grant number 1U54CA119338, awarded by the National Institutes of Health