Eindhoven gets factory for ‘smart’ glass

Aug

5

2016

The German chemical and technology company Merck has made an investment of 15 million Smart Energy Glass Peer + to build a factory that will produce the glass panels in Eindhoven. The glass can darken and generate energy.

It is not yet known where the plant will be built, but it is according to probably the Eindhoven Dagblad that it will be in the region of Eindhoven. The first glass should the band end of 2017 rolls . Merck took over two years ago, Peer +, a spinoff of the Technical University of Eindhoven. Peer + developed a technique with which it is possible to dim the outside light by the switching of liquid crystals that are in a layer between the glass. If the sides of the windows are covered with photovoltaic strips, the windows can also generate energy.

The smart windows’ liquid crystal windows are called, turn there by briefly sending an electric current through it after the window is dimmed or completely transparent. The windows function as if there sun screen is on the outside of the glass, so that the inner temperature up to eight degrees can be kept lower than in a glass without a sun screen.

If the glass is equipped with pv-strips, it can also generate its own energy which is necessary for switching between dark and light. A Merck spokesman passes on the Entrepreneur of the glass with photovoltaic strips initially will not yet be made ​​”not to make too complex market introduction.

Merck is experimenting with windows a year of Blackout glass in a wing of its innovation center in Darmstadt. A new OLED production facility will be built in Darmstadt, comprising the glass to get more energy and light management.

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