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Wearable Technology: Solar “PowerCloths” Turn Clothing Into Energy Generators

June 10, 2013 | posted in: Green Gadgets, Green Living, Lifestyle, Uncategorized | by 1 Comment

 

 

Ready to give the sun a reason to sweat for a change? Strap on Exotic Solar’s “PowerCloth 1G,” an innovative new textile that turns everyday clothing into wearable solar-powered generators.Unlike conventional photovoltaic panels, which are stiff and brittle, the Utah-based company’s fabric cells are ultra-lightweight and flexible. A single $65 device, available for preorder through IndiGoGo, provides an output current of roughly 700 milliamperes, enough to charge a smart device in just under three hours. An extra $20 gets you a 1,800 milliampere-hour lithium-ion power pack to keep gadgets, such as a 10 LED lamp, juiced throughout the night.

Working with nanotechnology researchers at the University of Utah,  Exotic Solar miniaturized high-efficiency solar cells, strengthened them using fiberglass and graphene, then embedded them into a soft polymer matrix to render them robust yet pliable. The finished PowerCloth weighs less than 3 ounces, perfect for attaching to a shirt, jacket, or backpack during outdoor jaunts. The best part? The fabric separates easily from the photovoltaic element for washing.

The PowerCloth weighs less than 3 ounces, perfect for attaching to a shirt, jacket, or backpack during outdoor jaunts.

“Sun gives us tremendous amount of energy every day,” says Surabhi Pandey, the company’s CEO. “If we can convert even a tiny part of that into useful electricity, it will fulfill all our electricity needs. This is the promise, riding on which photovoltaic industry has emerged as one of the fastest-growing industry in the world.”

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One Response to Wearable Technology: Solar “PowerCloths” Turn Clothing Into Energy Generators
  1. How can these work properly? How would you even use them? “wait let me plug my iphone in my Tshirt now?” Its funny


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