Using Textiles to Create Solar Power

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When a single US infantry battalion spends more than $150,000 on batteries per year wouldn’t it make sense to have recharging solar powered energy? Using solar panels to recharge batteries can dramatically reduce the weight and expense associated with these batteries in the field. These amazing cells power all the war fighters individual or small unit C4ISR - Command and Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.

How does it all work?

When light shines on a solar textile, the solar cells on the textile fabric convert some of the light into electricity.

Solar textiles are the next step up from ordinary Solar Panels. By comparison, solar textiles are:

  • lightweight
  • portable
  • robust
  • versatile
  • flexible

The fabric can be transported easily, without the same degree of care and specialized packaging that regular solar panels require.

When the fabric is not in use, it can be rolled up.

When required for use again, it can be unrolled and connected to the item to be powered – or to batteries to be charged.

The fabric can easily be suspended, and shaped to perform functions that are additional to power generation, such as shelter from sun, wind and rain, aesthetic enhancement of various structures, buildings, etc.

Just think of how many uses there is for light weight, foldable solar panels! Camping would be another prime example of where this technology could be used. Keep it in mind this could be the next big thing in the fabric industry.solar

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