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Kennedy’s Solar Textiles Nab Tech Award

Photonics.com
Sep 2008
A renewable energy project directed by Sheila Kennedy, professor of the practice of architecture at MIT and principal of KVA MATx in Boston, has won an international award for technology that benefits humanity. The Portable Light Project, a nonprofit initiative established by Kennedy and MATx, the materials research unit at KVA, was selected as one of 25 laureates of this year's Tech Awards. The Portable Light Project embeds flexible photovoltaic materials, digital electronics and solid state lighting in textiles, enabling people in the developing world to create and own energy harvesting textile blankets, bags and clothing using local materials and traditional weaving and sewing techniques. In addition to Kennedy, MIT alumni Sloan Kulper '03 and Casey Smith SM '02 have worked on the project since 2004. "More than two billion people worldwide do not have access to electric power or light," said Kennedy. "Portable Light takes the approach that clean energy technology can be provided in an open source model that is flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of people in different cultures and global regions.” According to Kennedy, the Portable Light Project will expand to South Africa, Nicaragua and Brazil. Established in 2001 by the San Jose, Calif.-based Tech Museum of Innovation, the Tech Awards recognize laureates in five universal categories: education, equality, environment, economic development and health.


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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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