With a mobile phone now an essential item in any ladies handbag, its surprising that most of the solar powered bags have been either backpacks or messenger bags. Thats fine for men who generally see bags as a purely functional piece of equipment designed to make it easier to carry things. But from what is much different for women, for whom the handbag is an extension of their personality and needs to be fashionable as well as practical - and the practicality is probably optional. Danish design studio DIFFUS has done its best to combine the two with its Solar Handbag. Instead of placing a single flexible thin film solar module onto the side of a bag, the designers of the DIFFUS Solar Handbag have distributed 100 smaller monocrystalline silicon solar cells over the surface of the bag to resemble oversized sequins. The surface of the bag is also embroidered with a combination of normal embroidery and conductive embroidery that transfers the energy harvested by the solar sequins to a lithium-ion battery hidden away within a small compartment. With a nine percent conversion efficiency and the ability to generate two Watts. GM