18 Aug '11, 2pm

The military is working on wearable solar panels that could change Army mobility & #solar industry. via @jaymiheimbuch

The military is working on wearable solar panels that could change Army mobility & #solar industry. via @jaymiheimbuch

ANU PhD student Azul Osorio Mayon and Major General John Caligari DSC, AM. Photo by Stuart Hay . Designers have been trying to come up with ways to integrate solar panels with clothing and still have it look cool. For the most part, it's been a fail. But what if you set style aside and go for straight functionality? Australia's army is testing out wearable solar panels that could make soldiers far more mobile without giving up access to plenty of electricity. The Australian National University Center for Sustainable Energy Systems has a $2.3 million contract with the Australian Department of Defense to come up with better technology for soldiers. Part of the technology revolves around devices that "enhance their close combat tactical awareness and survivability." But how do you charge those devices without weighing soldiers down? That's where solar comes in. "The developme...

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