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January 12, 2016
Flexible light
Pvilion’s integrated shade and power canopy for American parking lots is as efficient as glass-enclosed PV systems at one-third the weight. Photo: Pvilion.

Let there be (flexible) light!

As efficiencies continue to improve, more applications are found for flexible photovoltaics

by Bruce N. Wright

For a long time, it was common knowledge that thin-film and flexible photovoltaics (PV) were not practical because of their lower efficiencies compared with more traditional glass-encased PV. That is no longer the case. With lighter weight-per-output, flexible PV can at last claim advantages over traditional technologies due to growing commercial applications. [More]

A PV resurgence?

by Janet Preus

For a long time, flexible photovoltaics (PV) have struggled to claim their share of the PV market. Rigid substrates have dominated since they first became available large-scale in the late 1970s and 1980s, and the technology did not change for a long time. Flexible PV is a different story. [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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Zinc oxide portfolio available for licensing

St. Louis-based eco-friendly clothier Sweet Living Group (SLG) has announced the licensing of its nano-ZnO technology. The patented zinc oxide nanotechnology benefits fabrics with a variety of enhancements, and the technology can be applied in both the textile and laundry detergent industries, including industrial and commercial applications. [More]

Student Design Challenge open for 2016 applications

The Advanced Textile Products Student Design Challenge is an annual contest established to encourage college and university students of design, textiles engineering, and allied curricula to solve safety and protection problems using technical textiles and narrow fabrics in functional designs. [More]

Nanofiber market growth driven by technical textiles

The nanofiber market is expected to show significant growth, says a report by Pune, India-based Sandler Research. Many solution providers are developing improved technology and new techniques, showcasing their capabilities to provide comprehensive nanofiber solutions, analysts say. [More]

Sciessent launches fluorocarbon-free CURB water repellent

Antimicrobial and anti-odor solutions developer Sciessent, based in Wakefield, Mass., has introduced CURB, a fluorocarbon-free, durable water repellent fabric finish for outdoor active wear. [More]

MIT researchers develop a responsive bio-skin

Aluminum fabric skin wraps Malaysian hillside home

A design firm based in Singapore has wrapped a home near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in an aluminum fabric skin with dramatic effect—and addressing practical considerations. [More]

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