Fabric solar panels

Oh well, a lot of people in the northern hemisphere had their share of cold, sun light deprived winter weather but rest assured, the next summer season will come soon and with it plenty of sun light hours per day. We will soon have a look to the latest collection of sun hungry solar bags…

SolarStrap – wearable solar power module

Finland based Suntrica is a young company exploring the possibilities of thin, lightweight solar panels as wearable add-on solution for clothing and bags. An interesting idea as such self-containing add-on module allows to quickly and easily move it from one bag to another, leave it at home when no sun is shining. Personally I like…

Interactive Wear e-Textile designer kit

I was able to talk during my TechTextil visit in frankfurt with Jürgen Thalmayer from Interactive Wear about the recent launch of their e-Textile designer kit. Interactive Wear is not planning at this moment to open a online store on their Website. Orders for a designer kit can be made by sending an email with…

Powerbrella – thin, flexible Solar power

Solar textiles might still be a bit far away but flexible, thin film solar panel material like Konarka a leader in the flexible solar film market is developing, provide a option to integrate solar power charging function into clothing and bags. A smart and environmentally interesting product, the Powerbrella™ is the latest development Konarka is…

Wearable Sun Power from Konarka

Looking forward to long days with lot of sunshine made me check out what’s up in the research kitchen regarding wearable solar technology, speak flexible and hopefully lower cost solar panels. My most promising find: Konarka, one of the hot favorites in the field of wearable solar power working on Power Plastic® that converts light…

Day and Night solar power

Researchers at INL (Idaho National Laboratory), along with partners at Microcontinuum Inc. (Cambridge, MA) and Patrick Pinhero from the University of Missouri, are developing a way to collect energy from the sun with a technology that could potentially cost pennies a yard, be imprinted on flexible materials and still draw energy after the sun has…

Solar Textiles, the next step to more eco friendly fashion

The Textile International Forum and Exhibition we posted about a few days ago introduced another revolutionary textile technology: the Solar Textile after showing us the Textile Oven. The Solar Power Textile is foldable and more suitable for integration into clothing than flexible solar panels used at the moment in many bags. Having the softness of…

Solar power invades the battle field

Solar power is taking over the battle field after being one of the hottest items in all kind of bags this year. The Australian army is testing new solar cell technology made from a secret compound and can produce hours of low-level energy to power radios, night-vision goggles, communications equipment and sensors to detect enemy…

Eco-fashion with a touch of Solar technology

During my regular scan of companies we have posted about in the past, I discovered an update on Noon Solar‘s website. Actually, their Website is under construction but it shows a new layout (image on the right cut out of their new site) and most important, the announcement that the new Solar Bag collection will…

Solar power for Shutterbugs

Hobby photographer and professionals alike have next to their power hungry cameras plenty of other gear in their camera bags for making the perfect shot to get famous. Eclipse Solar Gear has a new camera bag that gives power to the Shutterbugs among our readers, the Ion Camera/Video Gear Bag. Next to the Ion Camera/Video…

What’s in your bag?

Asking: “What is in your Bag?” seems to be a trend judging on the many blogs that have this line as topic. For us the answer is: Solar Power and other other stuff of course. Having solar power in the bag is fairly easy nowadays. You can either make a solar bag yourself or get…

How Wearable Electronic should not be (made)

Here is an example of how Wearable Electronic products should not be made. The item in question is a Solar Backpack the online computer and peripherals shop Computer Supermarket from UK has added to their offerings. This backpack is made by Nanomars, a Taiwan based company that makes consumer electronic products and computer peripherals. Backpacks…

V-Dimension, the new dimension for Solar Bags

V-Dimension, a California based company joined the fast growing segment of solar power bags by introducing a revolutionary new line of bags. Their patent bending system can charge any cell phone, iPod/iPhone or PDA using sunlight and even works with room light thanks to the use of a new anti-reflective coated mono crystalline silicon solar…

Solar power bags around the world

Traveling around the world – virtually on the Internet – I came across a solar power bag from South Africa. Gwiz, a online shop from South Africa offers a power station in computer bag form, the FlexoPower Flex Top. The solar panel of this bag operates between 4.2V – 24V by 80W. That is lot…

Top 10 Solar bags

Solar bags have come to the market this year in many different styles. To give a overview, we have compiled a list of the Top 10 solar bags. Although the energy that can be collected with those bags will not replace the need for batteries or conventional charging of your devices but these bags can…

Bag the Sun with the POGO Solar bag

Solar energy collecting clothing and bags are getting hotter every day. We found yet another Solar bag for your enjoyment and to help you taking care for the environment and yes, your beloved little iPod, iPhone, Blackberry and whatever gadgets you have at your disposal. The designer bag POGO Solar produced by renown Berlin manufacturer…

Shopping in Style with the SolarShopper Bag

ISPO Sport & Style 2007 is just one week away and the first previews and announcements are coming in. The start makes the SolarShopper Bag. Shopping in style, take care for the environment and ensure your gadget never run out of power (on sunny days), this is the characteristic of the cool shopping bag. Charge…

Free energy from your bag – why not?

I can’t help looking around for Wearable Solar products when the sun is shining all day long. Is it not obvious to make use of our bags and cover some of the surface with those flexible solar cells. Catching sunlight in this way is completely free, does not change much on the way I carry…

Solar Powered Beach Tote

Solar cells in clothing and bags seems to be a hot trend nowadays. Hot literally, Solar cells like the hot sun shine to give their best performance = electricity and hot in trend. Environmental friendly, reduction in carbon foot print and cool looking. Reware created the beautiful and very practical Juice Bag Beach Tote with…

Solar power for Clothing

Solar power for clothing seems to be a hot item at the moment. We have posted the last few weeks numerous articles about the use of solar cell in clothing. It turns out the German Hohenstein Institute is working for some time on a project called ‘Solartex‘ to explore the usability of solar cells in…

Dunhill Avorities Solar Panel Bag

One of the most exclusive Men’s fashion houses, Dunhill, has joined the Wearable Electronic trend by introducing the Avorities™ Solar Panel Bag. The solar panels on the side of the Avorities™ Solar Panel Bag charge a discreetly-concealed battery, with which the busiest of men can ready his favourite gadgets for immediate use – mobiles, BlackBerries,…

Solar Swimsuit from Triumph International

Right in time to kick off the summer season also for Wearable Electronic, Triumph International, the German based world’s leading manufacturer of lingerie, displayed yesterday in their much talked about catwalk show ‘Triumph Fashion Cup’ in Valencia, Spain a Solar Swimsuit. This innovative Swimsuit has been created in cooperation with Conergy, a German company active…

Solar Bags with Style for sunny days

Taking the risk to repeat ourselves, summer time is approaching as you might have recognized already. And with it, lot of sunshine (we all hope). The best time of the year to think about using solar energy to help reducing global warming. A very fashionable way to save our planet has been created by a…

Solar powered Backpack

Voltaic has a nice range of Solar Backpacks and Messenger Bags. This is no news but we wanted to bring the Solar range to your attention because summer time is approaching and with it usually more sunlight. That’s also the time of the year where Solar power harnessing will be most effective. Do not forget…

Solar powered Camera Bag

Eclipse Solar Gear has launched the Nova Solar Camera Bag gives the photographer an extra power source when on the road and additional power is needed. This large cavity bag can store a digital SLR camera and 3 lenses with room for more accessories. The bag features adjustable dividers and foam to customize the interior…

Powerpack Backpack

The Tumi Powerpack Backback features solar panels that can be used to charge a phone or any other portable device such as an iPod. The interior features a very secure padded laptop sleeve and many small pockets for laptop peripherals such as cables and disks. A backpack that brings together charitable contribution, savvy design, and…

Global Solar power foil

Global Solar has developed a proprietary process for manufacturing thin-film Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) photovoltaic (PV) modules. Unlike traditional solar panels that are rigid, heavy and fragile, Global Solar’s thin-film solar modules are lightweight, flexible and durable. While other companies produce CIGS on glass, Global Solar is the only company with CIGS on flexible…