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March 22, 2016
Solar Cloth
Improved efficiencies in flexible photovoltaics have made Solar Cloth Company’s products an attractive alternative, particularly with fabric structures. Photo: Solar Cloth Company.

Solar Cloth Company eyes growth with Base Structures merger

by Janet Preus

Flexible, fabric-based solar cells have intrigued the energy and advanced technical textiles industries for years. Smaller, niche markets, cleverly deployed prototypes and high-fashion applications have used flexible photovoltaics (PV), often with success. Larger-scale solar fabric applications with true commercial viability … that has been more elusive. Solar Cloth Company (SCC), based in the U.K, believes the market for flexible PV on a larger scale is there, and the technology is ready to meet demand. [More]

IFAI's State of the Industry

Steady growth is expected in advanced textiles markets.

by Jeffrey C. Rasmussen

As consumer confidence slowly increases, buoyed by improvements in the U.S. economy and employment figures, respondents in 10 of the 11 markets surveyed by IFAI predict single-digit increases in sales in 2016. IFAI’s 2016 State of the Industry article covers key markets, issues and trends in the U.S. and global specialty fabrics marketplace; this article includes military applications, advanced textile products, narrow fabrics and industrial fabric equipment. [More]

Measuring the evaporative cooling power of performance apparel using the Hohenstein “Watson” test system

Dr. Jan Beringer/ Ben Mead, Hohenstein Institute

New garments out of different fibers, additives and chemical finishes with claimed cooling effects are very available on the market, and new ones are constantly being developed. Cooling properties are broadly being used in marketing of these garments. However, this marketing is rarely done with objective and quantitative measuring data, and is commonly only based on testimonials. [More]
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Antibacterial fabric could fight superbugs

A consortium of South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Yeejoo Co., Ltd., and the Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology have developed an antibacterial fabric that could be effective in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs.” [More]

Anti-UV, electromagnetic textiles developed

Poland’s Textile Research Institute (TRI) has developed new textiles enabled with anti-UV and anti-electromagnetic capacities. Protective clothing developed with the textiles will be used in law enforcement, healthcare, farm work and other professions, as well as in curtains and other products. [More]

Carbon-fiber recycling initiative announced

Japanese firms Toray Industries Inc. and Toyota Tsusho Corporation have announced they will launch a joint carbon-fiber recycling initiative to develop a recycled carbon fiber manufacturing technology that will use an energy-efficient thermal decomposition method. [More]

fabric bathtub

A natural sleep solution

The Ogallala Comfort Co. in Ogallala, Neb., manufactures a luxury line of pillows, duvets, crib comforter duvets, and mattress enhancers using the company’s Hypodown® fill, a blend of goose down and 30 percent milkweed fiber. [More]

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