High-end fashion items collect and store solar energy

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The importance of our smartphones has led to charging points being installed in a number of outdoor places, from parasols to handbags. Now a Netherlands-based fashion designer has created Wearable Solar, a range of high-end garments that feature solar panels, enabling wearers to charge a mobile device. The project came about after entrepreneur Christiaan Holland approached experimental designer Pauline van Dongen and solar energy expert Gert Jan Jongerden with the idea to create a way for music festival attendees to keep their smartphones charged without a plug socket to hand. The range so far consists of two prototypes — a…

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