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Air Conditioning for our clothes? It is a reality!



Right now, maybe you would like to have a heater for your clothes, such is the freezing cold in Portugal. But, while it’s cold you can always wear more clothes, put more blankets on the bed, etc… With the heat… Well, there is a limit to how much you can take off.

This is exactly why there are many efforts in the industry to try to give us some more comfort in the hottest hours. As is now the example of a new type of clothing powered by solar energy that acts almost like a personal air conditioner.

Air Conditioning for our clothes? It is a reality!

It may not seem like the cold we currently experience in Europe, but the reality is that the world is getting hotter and hotter.

So, in addition to all the environmental issues, this means that we, human beings, also have to deal with higher temperatures, which in turn can cause discomfort, and in some cases can even bring some biological danger.

That’s exactly why a team of scientists is developing solar-powered smart clothing that works like a personal air conditioner.

Although we don’t have a photo of the device itself, this is actually a thermoregulated garment that combines an organic photovoltaic module with bidirectional electrocaloric devices capable of heating or cooling.

Very briefly, the idea is to extend the standard human thermal comfort zone, which normally ranges from 22 ~ 28 degrees Celsius to an extremely interesting 12.5 ~ 37.6 degrees Celsius.

In terms of battery, the device can offer 24 hours of energy from 12 hours of sunlight.

It is also worth highlighting that this is a solution that can be integrated into existing clothing, due to the fact that it has a simple structure and compact design.

In short, although it still seems very theoretical, this seems to be a very interesting solution! Especially when compared to the portable air conditioner that Sony launched in 2020 (Reon Pocket). (Image above)


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