Developments in the field of nano deposition and –electrolysis are getting us there to make the constructing of solar cells and batteries on filament level (textile threads) possible. By weaving and linking these threads onto embedded electronics we can create a system with autonomous energy supply.

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Collection and storage of energy in textiles

In the project Texenergy we, along with multiple project partners, look at the collection and storage function of energy in textiles. Next we look at how we can integrate working forms of these functions. By creating multiple prototypes we make a bridge to practical application and industrial manufacturability.

Together with our partners we have the ambition to make a breakthrough in the field of textile technology. Solar cells and energy storage in the inspired form of threads that can be woven into a fabric would make textiles into a whole new functional material with huge application possibilities. To do this, it is clear that we need to solve some major technical bottlenecks. With this project we develop together with Avans knowledge that will lead us to new product initiatives from companies and state-of-art cases for education.

Partners Texenergy

The participating companies within this project are:

Thales, Philips research, Bonar, Artex, Teijin Aramid, Polyned, Modint, De Berkel, Johan van den Acker, DPI-Value Centre, TenCate, OICAM, Saxion research groups- Industrial Design, Mechatronic, Ambient Intelligence and Nano technology, and the Avans research group Solar production technology and equipment development.


Texnergy runs from September 2015 till September 2019.

Project website, more information and contact

For more information go to the project website.

You can also contact Jan Mahy (lector Sustainable & Functional Textiles) or Eliza Bottenberg (project leader).

This project is co-financed by Nationaal Regieorgaan Prakijkgericht Onderzoek SIA (part of NWO).