Plug your cell phone into your solar curtain!

1 August 2010
Shield your windows and collect solar energy to power your home at the same time! An ingenious concept first launched by Sweden-based Interactive Studios in 2005, as the Energy Curtain, a window shade that is specially woven from a unique blend – a blend of textiles, solar collection and light emitting materials was presented at the Wired NextFest 2006 festival.

The research was funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. In the US, the idea is being further developed by architect Sheila Kennedy of KVAmat x in a project called  Soft House. From this grew the idea of enabling the 2 billion people currently living without electricity worldwide to create their own energy-collecting textiles using local materials and traditional weaving and sewing techniques in an open source model – thus The Portable Light Project ( was formed. The most accessible idea is to incorporate the photovoltaic strands into fabrics sewn into useful bags, which are easily carried around during the day. The people of  The Portable Light Project are currently working with the “think and do-tank” Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) to scale the project and to make it accessible across the globe. I imagine the biggest challenge is to figure out how the price of these flexible photovoltaic strands can come down, as the cost is still prohibitive to a majority of our global citizens. Noble idea, though… I love it! You can read more about it here:


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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