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Student designs solar-powered cooling vest for field workers

Young innovator Kristian Rafael Tan aims to improve the working environment of outdoor field workers such as those in construction, couriers and even cyclists, through Sunsoon, a solar-powered cooling vest.

Conceptualized with the philosophy of form and function, the project provides the workforce with gear that lowers the body temperature of the wearer and provides cooling sensation for up to eight hours.

Designed for those on-the-go, it targets hardware companies, contractors and company owners who may distribute the product among its workers.

Made with water-and-heat-resistant woven polyester, the piece features thick Velcro shoulder pads, adjustable straps, double-woven layer pockets and a detachable 140-mm case fan.

The system is powered by a solar panel unit comparable to gas-powered generators. Tan hopes for the regularity of safety equipment to prevent heat-related health risks and illnesses to workers. He likewise stresses the importance of solar technology as renewable energy plus a reduced environmental footprint.

His design was recognized with the Best Thesis Award at the Industrial Design Program of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts.

Tan believes his solar-powered cooling vest may still be improved by larger companies with better technology.

“If I were to develop my concept myself, I could wait until such technology is publicly accessible. But as it is now, I can contemplate on it as a reminder to continue designing for those who truly need it,” he said.