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Posted on April 27, 2018 by Luke Gear

Smart glass: a rising technology

Smart glass is a family of electrically-active glass technologies capable of darkening at the press of a button to block light and heat entering your building or car (see table below). This may have started out as a luxury feature in high-end projects, but studies from Lawrence Berkeley also point to the economic benefit - peak electricity savings of up to 30 percent (blocking heat in a building means you can downsize your air conditioning unit or use it at lower power settings). There have even been studies that argue how blue-tinted electrochromic glass improves mental health and productivity of employees, as it simulates natural daylight (the electrochromic layer in the glass is typically made of tungsten oxide, which does not absorb blue light).
 
 
Perhaps there is even greater economic benefit, as reported by Bloomberg last week for the Dallas-Fort Worth international airport. The intention was to keep travellers cool and relaxed - a plan that worked a little too well as travellers, more comfortable sitting at a cooler and darker airport bar, drank (and spent) more, and sales soared by 80 percent! An example of one of the unforeseen benefits of this rising technology.
 
IDTechEx has recently published a major update to its market report on Smart Glass, which covers the various flavours of the technology: electrochromic, suspended particle devices and liquid crystals, as well as electricity-generating glass based on organic photovoltaics (OPV), solar concentrators and more. Check "Smart Glass and Windows 2018-2028: Electronic Shading and Semi-Transparent PV" at www.IDTechEx.com/glass to learn more.
 
Each report comes with a signature 10-year market forecast, as well as 30 minutes of analyst time to discuss the report's content directly with its author. Click here to download sample pages and initiate a discussion with our sales team. There is also a free, on-demand, webinar on "Smart Glass and Windows 2018-2028: Electronic Shading and Semi-Transparent PV" at the following link.
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Electric Vehicles: Everything is Changing Europe 2019 External Link on 10 - 11 Apr 2019 at Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany hosted by IDTechEx.
Luke Gear

Authored By: Luke Gear

Technology Analyst

Posted on: April 27th 2018