The next generation of switchable glass: the micro-blinds

Date: 26 September 2011
(Nanowerk News) The National Research Council, Canada is developing an innovative technology for smart glass with possible applications in sectors such as building, aircraft, automotive and displays.

The micro-blinds are actuated by electrostatic forces; they allow the dynamic control of light transmission at remarkable speed and could lead to major energy savings in buildings. The idea is based on a cost-efficient manufacturing scheme.

Switchable glass or smart windows have been developed and discussed for decades. They have bright futures in applications such as vehicle, architecture, privacy and energy efficient glazing among others. The existing technologies seriously suffer from customer acceptance. The next generation of switchable glass based on micro-blinds might help the incursion of smart windows to the market, or at least to some niche markets.

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Date: 26 September 2011

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