Wearable Solar Shirt
Almost 2 year ago we started working on the development of our Wearable Solar collection. Last year at South by Southwest we launched our first prototypes, the Wearable Solar Dress and the Wearable Solar Jacket. Both designs caught the attention of a big international audience and ignited a lot of conversations about the sustainability of the fashion industry, our global need for connectivity and continuous power, as well as the potential of harnessing sustainable energy through your clothing.
The overwhelming success has made us even more eager to continue our research and design explorations in this promising field. Over the past year we’ve created several new designs, to advance and improve our first prototypes.
We’re very proud to present you our latest Solar Shirt, which has been developed in collaboration with Holst Centre. The shirt seamlessly incorporates 120 thin film solar cells that are combined into standardized functional modules using Holst Centre’sstretchable interconnect technology for integrating electronics into fabrics. The modules can be mass-manufactured and then incorporated into the fabric using familiar industrial “iron-on” techniques before the garment is stitched. In bright sunlight, it produces around 1W of electricity – enough to charge a typical phone in a few hours. Indoors, the shirt generates enough power to keep a battery charged – so your phone or other device is always ready when you need it. The shirt can charge smartphones, MP3 players, cameras, GPS systems and other USB-compatible handheld or portable devices. And if all your devices are charged, the electricity can be stored in the shirt’s battery pack for later use.
Photography: Liselotte Fleur
Make-up: Angelique Stapelbroek
Model: Ann, Paparazzi Models