Project aims to integrate photovoltaic technology into comfortable, wearable clothing.

The Wearable Solar project is a joint effort of designer Pauline van Dongen, solar energy expert Gert Jan Jongerden and Christian Holland from the HAN University of Applied Sciences. The aim of this project is to create a range of clothing that is embedded with photovoltaic technology, allowing the wearer to charge their phone wherever they are. Instead of carrying external battery packs, people can become their very own phone charger.

Von Dongen designed the front of the dress to hold 72 flexible cells that are attached to the panels and can be folded outwards to capture sunlight. Depending on the amount of light, the 48 rigid crystal solar panels on the jacket’s shoulder and waist leather flaps can be revealed and hidden. With an hour’s worth of direct sunlight exposure, this garment can generate enough energy to charge a typical smartphone to 50 percent capacity.

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