March 10, 2021


Ana Rodes
Ana Rodes

MADRID--Ana Rodes, an industrial engineer, has developed a way to integrate solar cells into woven outdoor textiles which can be fabricated into awnings and umbrellas.

This story was recently released in El Pais, the Spanish newspaper.

The innovation was created by 30-year-old Ana Rodes, a Spanish engineer based in Valencia. She is head of the circular economy technical department at AITEX, a research group that works to integrate emerging technology into the textiles industry.

“Cities have a multitude of structures with textiles that are exposed to the sun,” she says. Examples of this are awnings, tents, umbrellas, and canopies.
These structures can now generate energy with the solar cells woven into the textiles, she explains.


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