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September 09, 2004
SCOTTeVEST INC. (SeV) maker of Technology Enabled Clothing®, and Global Solar Energy, developer and manufacturer of flexible solar cells, announced that the first solar-powered jacket designed to carry, connect and charge portable devices will be available in time for the holidays.
The solar panels are attached to SeV’s signature jacket, Version Three.0 Finetex, an all-weather jacket with removable sleeves and over 30 hidden pockets. The jacket features SeV’s patent-pending Personal Area Network (PAN), which conceals wires associated with power sources and earbuds.
Global Solar’s PowerFLEX™ solar panels consist of unique flexible thin-film photovoltaic material made from copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) sun-absorbing material placed onto a thin stainless steel substrate. The panels convert sunlight into electricity that charges a hidden battery pack about the size of a deck of cards. The battery pack in turn can charge any device compatible with Universal Serial Bus (USB) chargers, including cell phones, PDAs, Game Boys, MP3 players and other mobile devices.
The solar panels are removable and can be used separately from the jackets. Typical charge times in direct sunlight range from two to three hours, although direct sunlight is not required. The jacket’s battery can begin powering devices almost immediately after the solar panels are exposed to sunlight. Once the battery is fully charged, the panels can be removed and portable electronic devices can tap into the stored power. When attached, the solar panels compliment the jacket’s stylish, futuristic design.
Global Solar’s CIGS technology is a high-efficiency, ultra-lightweight personal solar power solution that has proven itself in numerous applications, ranging from marine to desert environments for the military and others. It is a highly durable and the highest performance flexible solar cell available in the market, ideally suited for mobile applications. Combined with integrated charge control and optional battery/charger systems, it provides the conveniences of backup and always on, on-demand small scale solar electrical power.
SCOTTeVEST, INC., through its wholly-owned division, Technology Enabled Clothing®, will assist Global Solar in showcasing the potential of integrating solar technology into other mainstream outerwear clothing products using its patent-pending PAN design. SeV owns the intellectual property rights associated with the incorporation of third-party wires into apparel through the PAN’s series of internal, hidden conduits.
“We are constantly seeking solutions to build state-of-the-art wearable technology. We believe this project represents the next logical step in consumer wearable computers. No longer will you have to rely on traditional power sources to recharge your mobile electronic devices. We expect solar panels together with the P.A.N. to be incorporated into approximately 30% of all outerwear in the next three to five years,” said Scott Jordan, Chairman and CEO of SCOTTeVEST, Inc.
“Global Solar is excited by the potential of applying our unique lightweight, high performance solar technology to innovative consumer products such as the SeV line of jackets. SeV compliments our line of portable power products for the consumer and military markets,” said Michael S. Gering, President of Global Solar Energy.
Consumers can preorder solar-powered SeV’s for $425 at www.SCOTTeVEST.com or by calling 866-909-8378. The jackets are currently available in black, and more options will be available in the future. SeV also plans to offer a kit to retrofit some earlier SeV models with Global Solar’s technology.
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