Could smart fabrics save us from heat?

2 fabric innovations for a fresher Summer

It’s getting really hot in Paris so we would love a solution to avoid melting! However, relying on a fan is a bit overrated, and air conditioners can be quite expensive… So we’ve been thinking, could smart fabrics help us create garments that would refresh us during heat times? We chose to present you two innovations aiming at eventually making your life easier during heat waves.

A film that rejects heat for every objects

Researchers from the University of Colorado have created a film able to reflect and reject the heat accumulated within a material. This 50-micron film, composed of a hybrid glass fiber polymer and a fine silver layer, can be used on every type of materials and hence solve a lot of different problems. Cheap and easy to produce, this film could be a way to freshen up houses, cool down power stations and increase the efficiency of solar panels. A file for patent is currently under examination, and researchers are studying its potential applications.

Maybe soon to be expanded to clothing?

a fabric to cool down the body

The very smart fabric created by the Stanford University researchers. Credit: Stanford University

The very smart fabric created by the Stanford University researchers.
Credit: Stanford University

Researchers from Stanford University have recently invented a very unusual solution to resist heat: rather than throwing up your clothes, they have developed a fabric that would eventually help people who live in warm climates (and there are currently 30% of the global population who could be threaten by great heats by the end of the century!) to get rid off their fans and ACs. This fabric is made up of polyethylene and here again is quite cheap to produce. This material is a subtle combination of nanotechnology, photonics and chemistry and its efficiency lies on 2 aspects: it helps evacuating perspiration which is pretty classical and, what’s more important, it disperses the heat produced by the body. The fabric has to capacity to let IR filtrate through itself so that people do not remain confined in their own heat. Thus, this plastic-fabric help people loosing 2 Celsius degree compared to classical coton tees, which can be a big difference during scorching heat.

This innovation is very good news for both the human himself and its environment, as it aims at eventually cool down people without appealing to energy. Apart from these innovations, the answer could also be found in materials that can regulate body temperature through aerations: we previously presented Omius or MIT’s bioLogic.

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