Special Clothing from the ArcticTex Start-Up, Part of the FIEP Investment Network, Will Be Tested on an Expedition to Mount Elbrus

01 July 2021

The pilot jacket was created by ArcticTex using innovative heating modules that used carbon nanotubes from the RUSNANO’s portfolio company, OCSiAl. ArcticTex is a project of the Northwest Technology Transfer Centre of the Investment Network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs (FIEP) of the RUSNANO Group.

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The innovative textile jacket will be tested in real weather conditions during the ascent of Mount Elbrus in July.

Participants in the expedition will evaluate the properties of the new product: heating speed, evenness, and surface area of the fabric at different temperatures, battery life, and convenience, long-wearing comfort, and abrasion resistance.

Thanks to the development of ArcticTex, the fabric becomes a heating element in its own right. This technology provides more surface area and more uniform heating, while also keeping the fabric flexible and reducing the weight of the garment. The product is heated from a portable power source, with enough charge for 4-6 hours of continuous operation. The maximum heating temperature is 45ºC, providing comfort and safety for the user.

The innovative heating material was tested together with the St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Technology and Design (SPbSUITD). Research has shown that the ArcticTex fabric warms up to operating temperature in just 40 seconds, ensuring heat distribution across the entire surface of the fabric. The material’s fast heating ability halves the weight of the finished product, up to 500 grams, by reducing the thickness of the insulation. “The properties of our warming fabrics open up the possibility of producing clothing with climate control and thermoregulation while keeping the product light and allowing greater freedom of movement. These are the basic qualities of clothing for mountaineering and active sports in cold weather conditions,” comments Olga Moskaluk, Head of the ArcticTex start-up. 

The development of the pilot jacket was carried out in cooperation with the Sportego Russian sportswear manufacturer and professional climbers, who formulated the basic requirements for the functionality of the product, the localization of heating zones, and the location of the portable power source.

The test results from the Elbrus expedition will be used by ArcticTex to refine the product and subsequently scale up the technology to other segments of specialty textiles.

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The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.

The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.

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The North-West Nanocenter was established in 2012 by the RUSNANO Group’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs together with the Committee for Economic Development and Investment activities of the Leningrad Region, the Leningrad Region Innovation Agency JSC, and the Project Nanotechnology Center LLC. The fields of nanocenter activity include additive technologies in medicine, nanomaterials, and flexible electronics.