The Arnhem-based designer Pauline van Dongen has since 2013 been experimenting with the various possibilities of solar cells and clothing. The latest variant is a (wind) jack that can charge cell phones and GPS systems.
The water resistant jacket is made from recycled denim yarn and has a hood that can be hidden in a zip collar. Three flexible solar panels in the front of the jacket allow the wearer to still carry a backpack. An internal power bank can store enough energy to charge a phone within two hours.
Van Dongen made the jacket together with the guides that are active on the Wadden Sea, better known as the Wad Walkers, and the Dutch Wadden Sea Society. They often walk/guide for more than ten hours in all weather conditions. “Of course the solar cells perform best with sunny weather, but the jacket is made in such a way that the solar cells can also be used in bad weather conditions.”
Previously, Van Dongen designed a coat in the style of a parka with detachable solar panels with which you can charge phones or a GPS system in your pocket.
Van Dongen: “We enjoy playing with textile and a look that integrates well with the natural environment. We are looking for harmony between the technological appearance and the properties of the cells.”
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