Brazilian start-up Flying to the Sun, which specializes in the development of projects using photovoltaic energy, has created a solar bag made from Amazonian fish skin. A subsidiary of ERGON Projetos, Flying to the Sun works on projects involving street furniture, photovoltaic charging stations and biological tissue, in collaboration with Biotecam and the NGO Warka Water-Brasil. A project involving massage sandals covered with PV film is also being studied.
Amazonia is an innovative solar shoulder bag just like its big brother, the Kombucha Solar Bag. The Amazonia is composed of two ASCA®organic photovoltaic modules that recharge the internal battery incorporated within the bag. Users will therefore be able to recharge their phones or any other electronic device on the go. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt 2019-2029.
In addition to its ability to produce electricity thanks to the ASCA® organic photovoltaic film, the bag offers two other innovative functionalities: Firstly the powerbank, developed in collaboration with a French start-up, uses LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) technology. This makes it possible to operate a geopositioning system. Users are therefore able to identify the geographical location of their bag should the need arise. The second innovation is a lighting system added to the inside of the bag, operating a small torch via a switch to see the contents of the bag in low light or during the night.
Manufactured in Brazil by local artisans, the structure of the bag has been designed using wood offcuts. The fabric of the bag has been designed based on the principle of up-cycling using farmed Pirarucu skin, a fish from the Amazon which already provides food and employment for the local populations. All the bag’s electronics (powerbank, wires, lighting and switch) can also be removed and replaced if required.
“In other words, we have managed to create a sustainable object with a big social impact, which is also intelligent, connected and hi-tech,” enthuses Venetia SANTOS, CEO of Flying to the Sun.
The bag will soon be available in green. The color of the ASCA® film will therefore also be changed, from grey to green.