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Sun-powered Textiles - Textile solar cell modules for energy harvesting in wearables
Textiles can be purposely designed to let sunlight pass through them. Hence, when a textile is placed on top of commercial solar cells, the resulting textile-cell module can generate energy. This eliminates the need for battery charging or replacement in wearables. The energy-autonomous product can generate its own energy by using light as a renewable energy source. In addition to sunlight, it can generate energy from artificial light, too.
The Sun-powered Textiles project has designed and developed a textile collection suitable for solar energy harvesting. The second design driver is that the textile effectively conceals the integrated solar cell. The fibre material, textile structure, density, colour and after-treatments all impact the optical properties of textiles. The working prototype, a show case jacket, contains a temperature and humidity sensor that is powered by textile-integrated solar cells.
The textile-cell energy harvesting module can be widely applied toward smart textiles and wearable technology solutions, such as occupational and professional wear, sportswear, well-being and fashion.
The Sun-powered Textiles team:
Department of Design (Aalto University):
Elina Ilén, Project lead (design) (Textile technology, textile electronics design and manufacture), co-advisor for Bettina’s and Zuzana’s M.A. theses
Elina Palovuori, Coordinator, daily support of design and research, (textile materials, textile technology)
Bettina Blomstedt, M.A. Thesis worker, research assistant (Textile design, development of knitted textiles)
Zuzana Zmatekova, M.A. Thesis worker (Textile design, development of woven textiles),
Maarit Salolainen, Supervisor for Bettina’s and Zuzana’s M.A. theses, Co-advisor for Zuzana’s M.A. thesis
Department of Applied Physics (Aalto University):
Janne Halme, Project lead (physics), Project PI (physics)
Farid Elsehrawy, project manager, post-doctoral researcher (Solar cell textile optics and photonics, energy harvesting electronics)
Linda Wederhorn, M.Sc. thesis worker (Textile - solar cell performance characterization and energy harvesting analysis)
Pinja Helasuo, B.Sc. thesis worker, research assistant (Solar cell textile modeling and characterization)
Jaakko Eskola, B.Sc. thesis worker, research assistant (Photographic colorimetry)
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