A Yucatecan company, headed by young enterpreneurs Carlos Cortes Manica and Fatima Rocha Argüelles, offers solutions to the development of advanced materials and smart surfaces, renewable energy applications and information technologies, promoting the use of clean sources to produce energy.
They recently developed a fabric that uses solar energy and infrared radiation to heat up the human body. The use of this new item is aimed to cold climate locations, as this technology uses solar radiation to heat up the human body during the day as well as infrared radiation to keep it warm at night.
With the commitment to research and contribute to global innovation and social impact, Aracely Flores Rios, coordinator of coatings and high vaccum for the firm known as EnerSureste “Energía Renovable del Sureste” (Southeast Renewable Energy), leads the project to commercialize the application of thermal fabric in apparel worldwide.
In an interview with Milenio, Rios Flores, distinguished with the Weizmann Prize 2014 by the Mexican Academy of Sciences, together with the Mexican Association of Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science, , stated that its main market is the United States of America.
These young enterpreneurs already have been in contact with companies such as Zara, and through an American agency will liaise with brands like Nike and Patagonia, to provide winter sports apparel.
The product is currently in a pre marketing phase and it is expected that in October a campaign will be launched in collaboration with funding platforms such as Kickstarter and/or Crowdfounding. The campaign will last one month and will raise resources from stakeholders, both locally and abroad.
“The fabric generates heat from solar radiation, it is light but not aesthetic, so it goes inside the jacket, between the lining and main fabric of the garment; the material absorbs solar radiation and generates heat to the body; but it has another huge advantage: it absorbs the infrared radiation from the body, ie the heat which we irradiate to the environment, this way the fabric continues heating up the body during the night, providing a comfortable temperature at all times, ” Rios Flores explained.
This project is the result of the firm directors’ commitment to create a Research and Technology Development Area, following a worldwide work style trend that encourages the creation of social impact products and services.
Award winning work:
- The work of entrepreneurs Carlos Cortes Manica and Fatima Rocha Argüelles was awarded 3rd place as “Best Green Business” award from the Inter-American Development Bank.
- During 2014, Fátima Rocha was recognized as number 1 of the “10 Outstanding Entrepreneurs in Mexico” award granted by the organization known as “Mujer Emprende”.
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