Count on the Solar Cells In Your Newest Shirt for Your Charging Needs

Count on the Solar Cells In Your Newest Shirt for Your Charging Needs

With the addition of menswear, a solar-powered line of clothes doubles its proliferation

Rob Kleiman
  • 25 february 2016

Almost a year ago Pauline van Dongen and Holst Centre launched their Solar Shirt at South by Southwest. Since then, a menswear version of the design has been created.

The garment contains a output cable in its pocket, which allows the wearer to charge devices on the go. The Solar Shirt generates sustainable energy from 120 thin-film solar cells. In bright sunlight, it produces around 1 to 1.5 W of electricity—enough to charge a typical cellphone in a few hours. While indoors, the shirt generates enough power to keep a battery charged, so your phone or other devices are ever-ready when you need them. The shirt can charge any USB-compatible portable devices. And, if all your devices are charged, the energy can be stored in the shirt’s battery for later use.

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