Kolkata: Scientists in Kolkata have are working on developing a t-shirt that will keep you cool in summer. It is being claimed that the shirt has inbuilt fans and solar cells.

“We are trying to develop a technology to fix small solar cells either into the fiber of a shirt or in its pocket,” said Santipada GonChaudhury, a specialist in photovoltaic system engineering and design. GonChaudhury says, the shirt can produce around 400 watts of energy with the help of solar cells with size range varying from 2.5 inches to 3 inches.

He told media that this solar shirt would store enough power that would be enough to charge cell phones, tablets or other digital devices. Explaining the concept, the scientist said that the shirt will have two layers, one of which will have two to four small ‘fans’ which will work on solar energy. The size of these miniature fans will be smaller than those inside a computer.

The Ashden award winner, who teaches at the Bengal Engineering and Science University, has submitted the research proposal to the Science and Technology Department of the Central Government.

GonChaudhury said that it is not necessary to wear this t-shirt always but its exposure to sun for specific period would allow the gadgets to be charged enough.

When asked about the t-shirt’s cost, he said “If the cost of a normal shirt is Rs 1,000, the cost of the same shirt equipped with solar cells will be around Rs 1,600.” He also disagreed to any adverse effects by the solar shirt on human body.


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