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Advanced Textiles Source
September 2013
A photovoltaic fabric structure stores in the trunk, and serves as a charging station for Volvo’s hybrid vehicle. Photo: Synthesis Design + Architecture.

Money to be made

By Todd Dalland

It’s realistic to say that solar energy made affordable will follow coal and oil as the next big fuel. Companies that make fabric-based products have a unique opportunity to enter the solar energy business since fabric is ideal for lightweight, flexible solar panels. With the industry doubling in size every two years, solar energy businesses have huge potential.
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Responsive textiles vs. reactive façade systems

By Elena Vlasceanu

Research illuminates the possibilities for creating textile second building skins that can be “controlled” by the weather and user preferences for light or shadow in a small area, a room, or multiple spaces.
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My Take
Janet Preus
What’s the holdup?
Photovoltaics in textiles make sense: power where you need it, provided by the sun, collected by a material that’s profoundly more transportable and easy to handle than hard-surfaced ones. The market for photovoltaic solar-energy collecting textile products should be exploding, and it is, but it’s not making a lot of noise.
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What's New?

Aerialite® X fabric for composites introduced

A partnership between BGF Industries® and Innegra Technologies™, both located in Greensboro, N.C., has produced new, lightweight, high-performance fabrics for composites. Aerialite® X uses a wide range of fiber combinations from 100 percent Innegra to Innegra hybrid designs. [More]

Kinetic energy lights up a carousel

A colorful and fun addition to a city’s public area also teaches children about more sustainable energy possibilities. Ecosistema Urbano’s energy-harvesting playground equipment was one of the winning proposals chosen by the city. [More]

Antimicrobial & Anti-Static Fibers
for Performance Markets

A fiber manufacturing company and industry leader has created and perfected state-of-the-art textile grade fibers and yarns from silver coated nylon with “inherent” anti-microbial and anti-static properties. Silver has been used for its restorative and reported healing properties for centuries.  [More]
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Oxidized Polyacrylonitrile Fiber – Properties, Products and Applications

Oxidized polyacrylonitrile (OPAN) fiber, such as Pyron® fiber, is designed for cost-effective, flame- and heat-resistant solutions in textile, industrial, aircraft and automotive markets. OPAN fiber performance features include: high Limiting Oxygen Index values, unsurpassed flame and heat dimensional stability, easy processing, soft, drapeable fabrics, non-conductivity, excellent chemical resistance, no halogens and very low toxic gas emissions [More]
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Sustainable alternatives to flexible PVC

Sustainability and health concerns about PVC have pressured vendors to find alternative products. Many companies in diverse industries have already transitioned to PVC-free materials in many of the products they offer, particularly in packaging, labeling, contract interiors, automotives, products for children and healthcare industries. [More]
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Dry-Tex® new resource at Concept III

Concept III Textiles, Red Bank, N.J., has joined forces with Dry-Tex® Textile Co. Ltd., Shaoxing, China, a specialist in ultra-lightweight laminations. Dry-Tex and Concept III offer the market Featherweight Performance Laminations, in a large selection of creative two- and three-layer performance textile “packages.”
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