GATHERGY: Garment with Active Thermal Control and Powered by Solar Energy
Presently, intelligent wear, also known as i-wear, is emerging as a new concept in the garment industry. The notion behind project GATHERGY is that vests can be manufactured with an autonomous active thermal control system.
Active Space Technologies is developing a garment that will use solar cells to supply energy, which guarantees autonomy; batteries to store power and to stabilize energy consumption; heating and cooling units to be used in normal and extreme climate conditions; and a thermostat for manual and automatic regulation of the temperature inside the garment. Alternatively, the solar energy stored in the vest can also provide power to small electronic devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, etc.
Special functions will also be developed for highly extreme situations, namely for severe hot and cold conditions. In fact, particular variables are foreseen for specific garments, namely solar cells that use ranges other than the solar spectrum in vests such as fireguard uniforms.
Patent granted: WO2005034662, EP1679984, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK.
Patent pending: Canada, Korea.