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Taiwan develops new fiber for heat-generating clothing
Central News Agency
2014-02-02 06:05 PM
Taipei, Feb. 2 (CNA) The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed a fiber that it said is ideal for heat-generating apparel because of its ability to absorb light and turn it into heat. The research body said the fiber will mainly absorb infrared light from sun rays and lighting and even from body heat. Researchers who worked on the project incorporated inorganic nano powder in the fiber and used surface chemistry techniques to help the fiber absorb or reflect infrared light more evenly. As a result, the fiber is exposed to the infrared light for a longer period of time, which generates more heat and helps the resulting fabric keep people warmer. The ITRI said it has transferred the technology to manufacturers to mass produce clothing with fabric using the new heat-generating fibers. (By Wei Shu and Lilian Wu)
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