Showing posts with label solar fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label solar fashion. Show all posts

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Solar-Powered Ski Jacket by Ermenegildo Zegna


It is winter time here - time for chilling temperatures, snow, but also white beauty, skiing and much fun. So, news like this could be interesting for all environmentally-conscious and geeky skiers. The first "ecological" luxury solar-powered ski jacket designed by Italian designer Ermenegildo Zegna is able to recharge your cell phone, iPod and other gadgets on the go. Italian clothing manufacturer Ermenegildo Zegna, has joined hands with a German company called Interactive Wear, a firm that specializes in "smart" textile technology, to develop the world’s first ski jacket that gets its juice from solar energy.

The jacket uses Microtene material that makes it water resistant and has integrated discreet solar cells placed in neoprene collar, which converts sunlight into renewable power to charge your electronic gadgets while you're outdoors. An hour of direct sunlight will charge up a phone for about 35 minutes of talk time. The battery requires four to five hours for a full charge. Good thing is also that you can take off the collar anytime, so you can use it to charge your gadgets even when you are back at home.

Although this jacket doesn't seem to be very innovative, since it looks like they’ve just stitched a couple of solar cells into the jacket’s collar, I think that all trials in the field of "intelligent" clothing deserve our attention and should be admired. And it is one more opportunity to promote your green ideas to the world, well... if you can afford it - Zegna Sport Solar Ski Jacket retails for about $1,350 at all Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Solar Fashion: Solar-Powered Purse for Ladies


Since I'm interested in solar energy and all information related to it, I was curious to find out if there are any cool solar-powered gadgets/accessories available out there that would be of interest for the ladies. So, after doing a little research on the net I came across Solarjo's Power Purse - a fashionable-looking solar-powered purse.
Actually, this is a black rectangular handbag (6" x 12" x 3"), the brainchild of Joe Hynek, a PhD student of mechanical engineering, who designed the bag in 2005, during a handbag competition in an experimental garment design class at Iowa State University. The initial inspiration for incorporating solar cells into clothing and accessories, Joe Hynek got when he worked at a solar panel manufacturer in Ames, making solar panels that work with military applications.

This very creative, eco-conscious high-tech handbag is covered with laminated solar panels made of thin-film photovoltaic cells, which absorb the sun’s rays and create electricity. The purse design incorporates six solar panels outside and two batteries tucked away inside its lining connected to a USB port, so that you can charge your small electronic gadgets that you carry around with you. Electronic gadgets such as cell phones, ipods, Blackberrys, etc. can be attached directly to the USB port, or by using an adaptor.

The stylish purse needs to be exposed to 2 hours of sunlight in order to fully charge a mobile phone battery. The purse’s fully charged battery can last for up to a month.

The Power Purse's current price is about $300 (£150) and it is likely to be available for purchase by the end of 2008.

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Sources: Daily MailEnvironment News Service