07 June 2009

Solar panelled backpack

FT's Meet the Maker column this weekend features Shayne McQuade who designed the Voltaic solar panelled backpack. McQuade comments that he had imagined his products being used by hikers, but that they are used by people such as doctors and aid workers in developing countries where the electricity supply is unreliable. A key to this may be the pack's 3.5 kg weight, which I am sure Voltaic are working on reducing. Nevertheless it is still a 'wearable technology' that makes sense. Coincidentally Technology Review reports development of lightweight, flexible solar panels developed by Xunlight that could be 'rolled up and carried in a backpack.'

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