The new POC Omne Eternal is set to be the world’s first solar-powered cycling helmet, integrating its own self-powered rear lighting. Charging its internal battery under any ambient light source – indoors or outside under the sun – the Omne Eternal’s built-in lighting will always shine bright, keeping you visible whenever you ride.
POC Omne Eternal solar-powered helmet with integrated lighting
POC has been teasing their solar-powered helmet project for almost two years, working together with Swedish photovoltaic energy company Exeger’s unique Powerfoyle tech. While it hadn’t always been entirely clear what that energy generated would do – automatic, perpetually-powered visibility lighting follows POC’s official mission of extending rider safety… “protect lives and reduce the consequences of accidents for athletes and anyone inspired to be one“.
Omne Eternal’s Powerfoyle photovoltaic tech details
The Omne Eternal is POC’s first use of the innovative “light-harvesting” Powerfoyle material, and its application is used sparingly. In-molded across the top of the helmet over the regular EPS foam and in between the regular polycarbonate shell, the Powerfoyle photovoltaic cells peek through in three spots.
It doesn’t take up a lot of real estate on the helmet and is almost unnoticeable if you didn’t know what you are looking for. But those three small PV solar panels can “convert any light source, indoor or outdoor, into electrical power”. Paired with a small internal battery and a red rear LED light for visibility, the Omne Eternal automatically lights up when you put the helmet on to ride.
No buttons needed to turn it on or off thanks to internal sensors.
And it never needs charging.
POC Omne Eternal solar-powered helmet – Pricing & availability
The new POC x Exeger solar-powered Powerfoyle tech will first be made available on this 250€ POC Omne Eternal helmet starting this summer, with direct online sales from June 2021. The subtle Uranium black matte doesn’t scream hi-tech, but also includes POC’s SPIN rotational impact protection pads and normal ventilation, as well as the integrated solar-powered rear light.